What are the painpoints and the root causes of stress within the context of Industry 4.0? Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe collaborated with Unismart, within the co-innovation project Contamination Lab, an opportunity for young talents to turn their creativity and ideas into innovative solutions. Within this project, five students with very different backgrounds embraced the challenge introduced from Konica Minolta to them, to identify new solutions for digitising manufacturing.
Robots that care, with increased cognitive abilities. Robots able to perceive their environment, understand it, respond and behave appropriately and navigate autonomously. Robots that can assist patients and support the work of nurses and doctors in hospitals. This is what Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe aims to do within the course of a partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), and the hospital Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, in San Giovanni Rotondo (Foggia).
On the 12th June I visited Forum Manufacturing Technologies and Robotics: the Future is Now, which was held at Imperial College in London. Many UK companies, Italian machine tool and robotics manufacturers and representatives from Italian universities took part in the event with the objective of building a network for educational, research and industrial collaboration.
On the 14th and 15th June, Konica Minolta Laboratory Europe kick-started the Innovation Customer Advisory Board in our Rome lab. This initiative aims to engage customers, prospects or interested stakeholders that are currently adopting, assessing and expressing an interest into IT Digital Services and new technologies.
How I met Sudha Jamthe, a noted author of several books on IoT, who is now focusing her attention on the driverless world and how I got invited to the IoT Summit in San Francisco on the 12th April: a few keywords from this event that illustrate the wide spread of IoT and Machine Learning within very different applications.