11 September 2020, London: The GSMA has been organising the industry’s premier mobile events since 2006. During that time, we’ve responded to various emergent situations and are now closely monitoring the changing global circumstances around Covid-19. The GSMA’s approach is safety first, and we are working to ensure that MWC21 proceeds in the safest way for all participants. 

GSMA Guidelines on Health and Safety for MWC21

As always, health and safety are a paramount consideration, and we are working closely with Fira Barcelona and the Host City Parties in Spain to ensure we incorporate all guidance and provide the best level of protection possible at the event. Whilst many safety standards will be mandated; our approach is to meet and then surpass those standards where possible. Our planning principles include;

  • Collaboration: Our dialogue with key partners and exhibitors is in full force to ensure a safe build-up and operation of MWC incorporating all emerging guidance
  • Partnership: The GSMA works directly with the Spanish and Catalan governments, the Host City Parties and Fira de Barcelona to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all involved in the event. This partnership will build on the Protocol on Safety and Prevention against COVID-19 currently being implemented by Fira de Barcelona
  • Expert advice and health and safety measures: We are defining strict standards and best practice with direction from health authorities around the world including, the WHO, scientific research, health and safety experts and Spanish and Catalan health authorities

Updates on our enhanced health and safety measures and our ‘touchless’ environment will be available in the coming weeks. Some of the health & safety measures and protocols exhibitors and attendees will be obliged to follow include;

  • Social distancing and traffic flows
  • We will optimise the exhibition layout to improve flow and support social distancing through real-time data sharing and analysis
    • The venue will be set up to ensure the 1.5m distance guidelines are met
    • All spaces will be designed to ensure a crowd density of no less than 2.5m2 per person can be maintained
    • Exhibitors will be required to adhere to strict stand capacity and flow requirements as well as stand design adjustments
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Protective face masks will be mandatory
  • Hygiene
    • The environment will minimise touch, with entry, information points and registration all becoming touchless
    • Hand sanitiser will be widely available throughout the venue and required at each Exhibitor stand
    • There will be enhanced cleaning measures throughout the venue, with particular attention paid to high contact surfaces
    • Exhibitors will be obliged to conduct frequent cleaning and disinfection of their stands
    • Where the handling of products or other materials is necessary, it will be essential for items and hands to be sanitised before and after use with an approved hydro-alcoholic sanitising solution
    • Specific cleaning and sterilisation regimes will be in place for any audio-visual equipment
  • Training
    • Exhibitors must ensure that all staff and contractors have received, as a minimum, training in the health and safety guidelines and rules provided

The GSMA will abide by every step outlined in our health and safety guidelines and will enforce compliance throughout the event to ensure that exhibitors and attendees also comply.

 

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® is reimagining how to connect exhibitors, customers, thought leaders and media from around the world while prioritizing health and safety. We are excited to share that CES® 2021 will be an all-digital experience.

CES 2021 Is All-Digital

January 11: Exclusive media-only access

January 12: Exhibitor showcase and conference programming

January 13: Exhibitor showcase and conference programming

January 14: Conference programming

For more than 50 years, CES has been the global stage for innovation. And CES 2021 will continue to be a platform to launch products, engage with global brands and define the future of the tech industry.

With the growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it is not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person.

An all-digital CES 2021 will allow the entire tech community to safely share ideas and introduce the products that will shape our future. You’ll be able to participate in all the awe-inspiring moments of CES wherever you are in the world. We are designing a unique experience for the tech industry.

CES 2021 will offer a highly personalized experience:

  • Keynotes and conferences. Now you’ll have a front-row seat for groundbreaking announcements and insights from the world’s tech leaders completely online.
  • Product showcase. With this digital evolution of the CES show floor, you’ll be able to explore products and services, based on your interests and business, through dynamic product showcases or live demos.
  • Meetings and networking. You’ll be able to engage with the brands, thought leaders and business connections you care about with live interactions, meetups or roundtable discussions.

Technology has helped us all work, learn and connect during the coronavirus pandemic, and it has presented real solutions to help solve complex global challenges. We recognize that, particularly in these uncertain times, it is the partnerships of some of the most creative minds that bring the best solutions to life.

We’re looking forward to welcoming the global tech industry, from international brands to budding startups, to kick off the year with the world’s most influential digital technology event.

Mark your calendars for January 11-14 and be on the lookout for more exciting news about CES 2021. We plan to return to Las Vegas for CES 2022, combining the best elements of a physical and digital show.

Thank you for your continued support. Please stay healthy and safe.

 

Industry 4.0 or Fourth Industrial Revolution refers to the process of digitization and automation of remote controlled jobs in the industrial sector. In this technological revolution, robotics and connectivity are the backbone of the manufacturing processes. The so-called Intelligent Industry, improves productivity, manufacturing costs, the quality of business and companies.

What is Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Industry 4.0 and the fourth Industrial revolution
Contents Index
What is connected industry and characteristics of 4.0 technologies
Industry 4.0 refers to the introduction in the production of advanced and intelligent technologies through the use of Internet applications as an essential tool. The digital integration of information is carried out using as pillars the technological advances that have occurred in robotics, Artificial Intelligence, data analytics (Big Data) and the Internet of Things (Internet of Things).

This flow of information between applications within the connected industry is called PDP, which is the acronym for “Physical to Digital to Physical”.

From physical to Digital. Physical information is taken and transformed into digital data.
From Digital to Digital. The data is collected and analyzed through analytics (Big Data) and processed by Artificial Intelligence algorithms.
From Digital to Physical. The result is transmitted to the physical world to communicate a decision or order.
The industry connected to Artificial Intelligence is characterized by offering immediate results with a degree of analysis and study infinitely greater than the traditional one. The technologies of Industry 4.0 are influenced, as well as complemented by others, such as Artificial Vision, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Cloud Computing or the intelligent virtual assistants themselves.

What is connected industry 4.0 and the technologies of industry 4.0
Connectivity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution


The optimization of processes is a large-scale challenge for the ecosystem of companies and organizations. The industrial sectors of the countries that do not manage to adapt to Industrial automation will see their survival chances and their potential diminished, since they compete in the market at a clear disadvantage and with lower profitability of a product.

To achieve this, associated technologies are used, such as 5G networks that allow fast data transmission between devices. A complete revolution is taking place in warehouse logistics, with the implementation of robots or autonomous AGV and AIV vehicles.

Cybersecurity in Industry 4.0
Preserving the security of the information that is most sensitive to production processes and especially customer data, is one of the great challenges we will face in the coming decades. Today, obtaining the most sensitive data of your clients is more lucrative than robbing a bank. The same happens with obtaining confidential information from the production processes and data analysis of your competitors.

An example is the dozens of cyber threats that a Vitoria robotics company called Alias ​​Robotics has detected in Universal Robots robots. Can you imagine hackers paralyzing a robotic car production line? What if bots start offering their customers toxic financial products? Well, to tell the truth, banks have never required the intervention of hackers to offer these services …

Industry 4.0 examples
Impact of Industrial 4.0 transformation
The Era of technological transformation of companies is allowing more versatile responses to a product or client, as well as an increase in business results. Studies show that smart factories that have integrated IT systems increase their production capacity by 20%. Intelligent organizations develop forms of production being more flexible, fast, efficient and with greater analysis capacity.

Of course, the digitization of industrial production processes also affects employees, improving the health and safety of the workers themselves. Nevertheless, they are not the only ones. Organizations now manage their productivity methods through software, which allows them to be more predictive and make decisions in real time.

Impact of Industrial 4.0 transformation
We see that in the Era of Connected Industry, the personalization of products to customers allows them to individualize their needs, increasing the degree of satisfaction in the consumption of a product and with the company itself. It is due to How Big Data works and the implementation of the Internet of Things to Industry 4.0

From raw material to recycling: BMW Group develops sustainable material cycle for battery cells

 Development of innovative and recyclable battery cells +++ Near-standard production of battery cell prototypes at new pilot plant +++ Commissioning planned for late 2022 +++

Munich. Sustainability plays a central role in expanding electromobility. The BMW Group has therefore set itself the goal of creating a closed and sustainable material cycle for battery cells. With a new pilot plant that will produce lithium-ion battery cells, the company is taking the next logical step in penetrating all aspects of the battery cell value chain: from selection of materials, to battery cell composition and design, all the way to near-standard production and recycling.

From raw material to recycling: BMW Group develops sustainable material cycle for battery cells

 

Milan Nedeljković, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production: “The new pilot plant will strengthen our expertise in production of battery cells. We will be capable of testing new systems technology and innovative production processes. Our goal is to optimise near-standard production of battery cells from the perspective of quality, performance and costs. The new pilot plant will enable us to close the final gap in the value chain from battery cell development, to production of modules and powertrain components, all the way to installation of fully assembled high-voltage batteries at our vehicle plants. This makes us the first car manufacturer to cover the entire process chain for electric driving.”

Frank Weber, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development: “By 2023, the BMW Group will have 25 electrified models on the roads, as it systematically increases electrification across all brands and model series. This continued expansion and our comprehensive battery cell expertise will give sustainability a major boost. At the same time, our models’ eDrive technology also ensures brand-typical dynamic performance and driving fun.” Weber continued: “We are not just focused on the most efficient battery cell, but on its entire value chain. That is why we are working with our partners to create a closed material cycle for battery cells.”

The pilot plant will be built in Parsdorf, near Munich, and is scheduled to go into service in late 2022. The total project volume is almost 110 million euros and about 50 employees will work at the plant.

The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy is supporting the project within the framework of the European funding process IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest).

Near-series production of battery cells

The company just opened a separate Battery Cell Competence Centre in Munich in November 2019, covering the entire battery cell value chain, from research and development to battery cell composition and design, all the way to large-scale manufacturability.

The BMW Group is taking the next logical step with the new pilot plant and further expanding its expertise. The goal is to enhance battery cells’ performance capabilities and demonstrate large-scale manufacturability. To do so, the BMW Group will develop innovative production processes and systems, which will then be installed at the 14,000 m² pilot plant. Using production processes and systems also employed in standard production, the company will be able to demonstrate the industrial feasibility of future battery cell generations. The main focus will be on optimising production efficiency, costs and quality.

Building on know-how from the Battery Cell Competence Centre and, later, also from the pilot plant, the BMW Group will bring optimal battery cell technology to series maturity within the shortest implementation time possible and enable suppliers for battery cell production to its own specifications.

A quarter of BMW Group vehicles sold in Europe should have an electric drive train by 2021; a third in 2025 and half in 2030.

The sustainable battery cell of the future will be recyclable

To make an effective contribution to climate protection, the overall environmental balance of all vehicle components must be improved and partners brought into the process. This applies in particular to energy-intensive production of battery cells for electric vehicles. Up to 40 percent of a fully-electric vehicle’s CO2 emissions come from battery cell production alone.

To develop innovative and sustainable battery cell technology, the BMW Group is working as part of a technology consortium with the Swedish battery manufacturer, Northvolt, and Umicore, a Belgian developer of battery materials. The collaboration is focused on creating an end-to-end sustainable value chain for battery cells in Europe, extending from development to production to recycling.

Northvolt will produce the battery cells at its own gigafactory currently under construction in Skellefteå in northern Sweden from 2024 on. Northvolt will obtain the energy needed to produce the battery cells exclusively from wind and hydroelectric power generated regionally in northern Sweden.

Umicore will contribute to development of a sustainable battery cell in Europe. Recyclable cell design is a consistent focus from the very beginning of battery cell development. Faced with rapidly growing demand for battery cells, recycling of battery components at the end of their lifecycle and extensive reuse of raw materials will be key to closing the materials loop in the best way possible.

BMW Group battery cells to be produced with 100% green power from fifth generation on

As a leader in sustainability, the BMW Group has already reached a contractual agreement with its cell manufacturers that they will only use green power to produce fifth-generation battery cells.

The fifth-generation battery cell will be on the roads later this year in the BMW iX3* and rolled out in more products over the coming year, like the BMW iNEXT and the BMW i4.

As volumes increase, the use of green power will save around ten million tonnes of CO2 over the next ten years. For comparison, that is roughly the amount of CO2 a city of over a million inhabitants, like Munich, emits per year.

IPCEI: European support programme for innovative and sustainable battery cells made in Europe

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is currently working with German and European industry on two programmes to support battery cell innovation. These are being realised as “Important Projects of Common European Interest” (IPCEI) and include projects from many European member states. Projects from both support programmes cover the entire battery value chain, from raw and functional materials to cell production and integration, all the way to second use and recycling. The aim is to establish a value chain in Germany and Europe that uses innovative technologies, while also meeting the highest standards for sustainability and production carbon intensity. For this reason, the projects are focused on research and innovation, as well as industrialisation of new technologies. The BMWi is contributing more than a billion euros for both support programmes.

The BMW Group has been analysing battery cells since 2008 and, thanks to this long-standing experience, already has extensive knowledge in the field of cell analysis. Through the research conducted by the support programmes, the BMW Group will be able to refine chemical composition, cell mechanics, cell design and the production process down to the last detail. Battery cell manufacturers can build on this know-how and use it in a targeted manner for sustainable and successful industrialisation.

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

*Consumption/emission data:

BMW iX3: fuel consumption combined in the NEDC test cycle: 0.0 l/100 km; electric power consumption combined: 17.8 – 17.5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km; fuel consumption combined in the WLTP test cycle: 0.0 l/100 km; electric power consumption combined: 19.5 – 18.5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km

NASA is naming its next-generation space telescope currently under development, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s first chief astronomer, who paved the way for space telescopes focused on the broader universe.

NASA Telescope Named For ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman

The newly named Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope – or Roman Space Telescope, for short – is set to launch in the mid-2020s. It will investigate long-standing astronomical mysteries, such as the force behind the universe’s expansion, and search for distant planets beyond our solar system.

Considered the “mother” of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which launched 30 years ago, Roman tirelessly advocated for new tools that would allow scientists to study the broader universe from space. She left behind a tremendous legacy in the scientific community when she died in 2018.

“It is because of Nancy Grace Roman’s leadership and vision that NASA became a pioneer in astrophysics and launched Hubble, the world’s most powerful and productive space telescope,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “I can think of no better name for WFIRST, which will be the successor to NASA’s Hubble and Webb Telescopes.”

Former Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who worked with NASA on the Hubble and WFIRST space telescopes, said, “It is fitting that as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, NASA has announced the name of their new WFIRST telescope in honor of Dr. Nancy Roman, the Mother of Hubble – well deserved. It recognizes the incredible achievements of women in science and moves us even closer to no more hidden figures and no more hidden galaxies.”

Scheduled to launch in the mid-2020s, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, formerly known as WFIRST, will function as Hubble’s wide-eyed cousin. While just as sensitive as Hubble’s cameras, the Roman Space Telescope’s 300-megapixel Wide Field Instrument will image a sky area 100 times larger. This means a single Roman Space Telescope image will hold the equivalent detail of 100 pictures from Hubble.
Credits: NASA

Who Was Nancy Grace Roman?

Born on May 16, 1925, in Nashville, Tennessee, Roman consistently persevered in the face of challenges that plagued many women of her generation interested in science. By seventh grade, she knew she wanted to be an astronomer. Despite being discouraged about going into science – the head of Swarthmore College’s physics department told her he usually dissuaded girls from majoring in physics, but that she “might make it” – Roman earned a bachelor’s degree in astronomy from Swarthmore in 1946 and a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1949.

She remained at Chicago for six years and made discoveries about the compositions of stars that had implications for the evolution of our Milky Way galaxy. Knowing that her chances of achieving tenure at a university as a woman were slim at that time, she took a position at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and made strides in researching cosmic questions through radio waves.

Roman came to NASA in 1959, just six months after the agency had been established. At that time, she served as the chief of astronomy and relativity in the Office of Space Science, managing astronomy-related programs and grants.

“I knew that taking on this responsibility would mean that I could no longer do research, but the challenge of formulating a program from scratch that I believed would influence astronomy for decades to come was too great to resist,” she said in a NASA interview.

This was a difficult era for women who wanted to advance in scientific research. While Roman said that men generally treated her equally at NASA, she also revealed in one interview that she had to use the prefix “Dr.” with her name because “otherwise, I could not get past the secretaries.”

But she persisted in her vision to establish new ways to probe the secrets of the universe. When she arrived at NASA, astronomers could obtain data from balloons, sounding rockets and airplanes, but they could not measure all the wavelengths of light. Earth’s atmosphere blocks out much of the radiation that comes from the distant universe. What’s more, only a telescope in space has the luxury of perpetual nighttime and doesn’t have to shut down during the day. Roman knew that to see the universe through more powerful, unblinking eyes, NASA would have to send telescopes to space.

Through Roman’s leadership, NASA launched four Orbiting Astronomical Observatories between 1966 and 1972. While only two of the four were successful, they demonstrated the value of space-based astrophysics and represented the precursors to Hubble. She also championed the International Ultraviolet Explorer, which was built in the 1970s as a joint project between NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the United Kingdom, as well as the Cosmic Background Explorer, which measured the leftover radiation from the big bang and led to two of its leading scientists receiving the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Above all, Roman is credited with making the Hubble Space Telescope a reality. In the mid-1960s, she set up a committee of astronomers and engineers to envision a telescope that could accomplish important scientific goals. She convinced NASA and Congress that it was a priority to launch the most powerful space telescope the world had ever seen.

Hubble turned out to be the most scientifically revolutionary space telescope of all time. Ed Weiler, Hubble’s chief scientist until 1998, called Roman “the mother of the Hubble Space Telescope.”

“Nancy Grace Roman was a leader and advocate whose dedication contributed to NASA seriously pursuing the field of astrophysics and taking it to new heights,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science. “Her name deserves a place in the heavens she studied and opened for so many.”

The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, formerly known as WFIRST, is an upcoming space telescope designed to perform wide-field imaging and spectroscopy of the infrared sky. One of the Roman Space Telescope’s objectives will be looking for clues about dark energy — the mysterious force that is accelerating the expansion of the universe. Another objective of the mission will be finding and studying exoplanets.
Credits: NASA

What is the Roman Space Telescope?

The Roman Space Telescope will be a NASA observatory designed to settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets and infrared astrophysics. The telescope has a primary mirror that is 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) in diameter and is the same size as the Hubble Space Telescope’s primary mirror. The Roman Space Telescope is designed to have two instruments, the Wide Field Instrument and a technology demonstration Coronagraph Instrument. The Wide Field Instrument will have a field of view that is 100 times greater than the Hubble infrared instrument, allowing it to capture more of the sky with less observing time. The Coronagraph Instrument will perform high contrast imaging and spectroscopy of individual nearby exoplanets.

The WFIRST project passed a critical programmatic and technical milestone in February, giving the mission the official green light to begin hardware development and testing. With the passage of this latest key milestone, the team will begin finalizing the mission design by building engineering test units and models to ensure the design will hold up under the extreme conditions during launch and while in space.

NASA’s Fiscal Year 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act funds the WFIRST program through September 2020. It is not included in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget request, as the administration wants to focus on completing the James Webb Space Telescope.

For a statement from Nancy Grace Roman’s cousins, Laura Bates Verreau and Barbara Brinker, go to:

https://go.nasa.gov/2WREEtz

For more information about the Roman Space Telescope, go to:

https://www.nasa.gov/roman

Chinese robotics company Unitree unveiled its newest robot, the A1, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early 2020. Now Unitree is using social media to show off the tricks new robots can do.

UNITREE A1, the last quadruped robot

The robot is small, about a foot wide and two feet long, and can move surprisingly fast. Unitree says the robot’s walking speed is about ten feet per second or seven miles per hour. Walking is not the only thing they can do, as the videos show them performing all kinds of jumps and cartwheels, thanks to flexible joints and a strong motor. Each foot even has sensors that capture information to send to the motor for more efficient movements.

The A1 weighs around 26 pounds, including its battery, and has a battery life of up to two hours. It can also carry up to 11 pounds, with potential as a delivery robot. A smart camera enables streaming video in real time, with many potential public and private uses for the robot.

The A1 is already being compared to the Boston Dynamic Spot robot, arguably the best-known four-legged robot, with designs that reflect realistic movements that resemble people and animals,  leading to a strange valley effect  that can be uncomfortable for the spectators.

For now, Unitree appears to be looking at private property, tweeting that the robot could be a “future pet” and that they are “running with you into the future.” The company also emphasizes that it will cost less than $ 10,000, although it does not mention a specific price.

THE SAMSUNG ROBOT DOG CONCEPT!

Most robotic pets focus on being “cute”. Cicco’s Gaetano Dog-Bot concept focuses on functionality.

The Turin-based designer chose Samsung as the corporate endorsement for the faceless android canine, which has an interactive display for a “face,” which transmits information through simple graphics such as exclamation points, dots, and lights.

Samsung Dog-bot Concept, futuristic surveillance smart mascot

Renders show that he identifies and chases a ball; We figured it would be even more useful for scouring the grounds, identifying intruders, and other potential threats.

Cicco’s futuristic  Samsung  Dog-Bot  by Gaetano  expresses emotions on the screen with question or exclamation marks. 

While other smart domestic pets are designed to create an emotional bond with their owners, the Samsung Dog-bot clearly takes on an uncomfortable cyborg look and prioritizes its functionality as an outdoor surveillance dog.

futuristic surveillance smart samsung mascot visualized by gaetano de cicco6

Joining an elite group of lighting fixtures in the design industry, the luxury automaker was selected to contribute a set of design concept drawings to the prestigious Document Journal portfolio.

For issue 15 of Document Journal, the art and fashion magazine invited a selection of the most attractive architects and designers in culture to find their inner Major Toms and imagine human life on the moon for The Lunar Design Portfolio. How will we live? What will it look like? What will we wear? What will we handle?

LEXUS CREATES SKETCH LUNA MOBILITY CONCEPT FOR THE LUNAR DESIGN PORTFOLIO

ED2, the European advanced design studio for Toyota and Lexus dedicated to advanced concept proposals and innovative design, was selected to contribute a lunar mobility concept. Based on the newly launched LF-30 Future Concept vehicle, the studio created a series of 7 concepts from 5 different designers, a complete line of space vehicles ready to tackle the lunar landscape.

“When Document Journal approached us about the Lunar Design Portfolio, our team was working on the LF-30 Concept, which represents the” Lexus Electrified “futuristic vision for Lexus. The design team was already looking beyond short-term production and anticipating how advanced technology will change the way we interact with vehicles, “said Ian Cartabiano, president of ED2. “The lunar project came at the right time, halfway through the development of the LF-30. It gave the team a chance to dream further and then apply some of the LF-30’s interior design language to their lunar proposals. ”

Zero Gravity, the concept sketch selected to appear in the print edition of the magazine, is a single-driver vehicle that evolves the LF-30’s “Lexus Electrified” vision to incorporate magnetic levitation technology. The design reinterprets the Lexus axle grille and uses the riding style of the motorcycle to employ the new concept of Tazuna (which means “reins” in Japanese): the fundamental philosophy centered on the human being. Inspired by how a single rein can be used to achieve mutual understanding between horse and rider, the steering control provides active driving enjoyment created by direct human-machine communication.

Lexus Lunar, by Yung Presciutti

Lexus Lunar is a mass transit vehicle designed to safely explore and discover the moon. The vehicle is divided into two parts: the lower part consists of a platform with 6 sturdy wheels to give you the freedom to go wherever you want. The upper part contains the living room. The two components of the vehicle can also be split, with the top parting apart to create the start of a lunar colony.

About the Document Journal

Launched in 2012, Document is a unique biannual magazine of American and global culture featuring the leading voices in arts and letters. Editors toured the world to select the most compelling and visionary thinkers and designers to participate in the Lunar Design Project. Complementing Lexus’ revolutionary and futuristic designs, Document invited leading architects Shohei Shigematsu of OMA, Dan Wood and Amale Andaos of WORKac, Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY, and Lyondon Neri and Rossana Hu to imagine the built lunar world. it resulted in a stimulating collection of practical and esoteric approaches; Inspired by the potential illumination found in the release of gravity, artist Mariko Mori presented an original ethereal work; the industrial design frog and Nike contributed ideas for revolutionary consumer goods; Prominent writer and sociologist Steve Fuller, author of Humans 2.0, explored the historical, social, and philosophical implications of a lunar colony; and world-class DJ Honey Dijon created the soundscape through an exclusive playlist. Issue 15 of the document also features Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James and Queen & Slim star Daniel Kaluuya in a conversation about creating a black mythology; cultural critic Roxane Gay, women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred and writer Siri Hustvedt on a reinvention of the law according to women; and an intimate and playful feature about the innovative musician King Princess in conversation with Mj Rodriguez,

Additional Design Concepts of the Lunar Design Portfolio:

OMA (architecture) – Orbit City

frog (industrial design) – LEAP Scooters; BLAST MAX

wHY (architecture) – Transcending Gravity

Mariko Mori (art) – Radiant Being I

Nike Design Team (footwear design) – Nike

Steve Fuller (sociology) –­ The Moon as Hotel California

Neri&Hu (architecture) – The Mooncake Longing for a Home It Never Knew

WORKac (architecture) –  WORKac

DJ Honey Dijon (music) – Lunar Playlist

The date for the Bright World of Metals 2023 has been set

GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS, NEWCAST in Düsseldorf from 12 to 16 June 2023

Local Advocate cautiously optimistic after brain-controlled robotic suit help paralyzed man walk

A paralysed man has been able to walk again thanks to the power of his mind and a robotic suit.

The Frenchman, named only as Thibault, said he felt like “the first man on the moon” after taking his first steps in two years.

The 30-year-old tetraplegic used an exoskeleton controlled by his brain waves to move all four of his paralysed limbs.

The optician from Lyon was left paralysed after falling 15m from a nightclub roof in 2015.

The Frenchman was able to move all four limbs, but found walking easier than arm movement (PA)

The whole-body exoskeleton, which is part of a two-year trial by Clinatec and the University of Grenoble, is operated by recording and decoding brain signals.

As part of the trial, Thibault had two sensors implanted in his head, between his brain and skin, which transmitted brain activity as instructions to a computer in a backpack.

The computer then decoded the brainwaves and sent them as signals to the motorised framework around his limbs, instructing them to move.

After using the exoskeleton for the first time he said: “It was like being the first man on the Moon. I didn’t walk for two years. I forgot what it is to stand, I forgot I was taller than a lot of people in the room.”

Thibault joked that he’d forgotten how tall he was (CLINATEC ENDOWMENT FUND/AFP via)

While he found walking “easy”, he said arm movement was more challenging. But he hopes he will soon be able to use a robotic arm at home to allow him to eat by himself.

Writing in the journal The Lancet Neurology, researchers from the University of Grenoble said the kit was less invasive and offered a greater range of movement than other systems.

However, it is still early days and the system is currently only suitable for use in the lab.

He was helped by a team of specialists and sophisticated technology (CLINATEC ENDOWMENT FUND/AFP via)

Thibault, who used video games to practise channelling his thoughts, was only able to balance because the exoskeleton was attached to the ceiling by a harness.