You Can Adjust This Car Seat Using Gestures Instead of Awkward Levers

If it were just slightly more convenient to perfectly adjust a chair, we’d all embrace ergonomics with open arms. So that’s what researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute are hoping to achieve with a newly developed car seat that trades random knobs and levers for the simple swipe gestures you already use on your phone. » 8/06/15 9:19am 8/06/15 9:19am

These Fuel Cell Trolleys Can Power an Old Plane's In-Flight Electronics

Believe it or not, that modern-looking tin can in the sky you’re flying—with its touchscreen TVs at every seat—most likely took flight for the first time decades ago. All of those fancy electronics are upgrades sucking on outdated power systems. That’s why these trolley carts were created to deliver a different kind… » 6/08/15 4:45pm 6/08/15 4:45pm

Avoid Injuries With Smart Sneakers That Tell You How To Run Properly

A daily run can be great for your health and fitness, but it can actually be harmful too if not done properly. Of course the right shoes are an important part of the formula, especially this sensor-laden pair developed by the Fraunhofer Institute which provide real-time feedback on your running style, and how to… » 12/05/13 11:16am 12/05/13 11:16am

Electronic Triage Bracelets Prioritize Who Needs Immediate Care

In a disaster situation, triage and rescue workers typically tag patients with a colored paper bracelet that correlates to the severity of their injury. But a patient's situation can change after being tagged, making it difficult to keep track of who needs what care. So researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have… » 12/05/13 9:39am 12/05/13 9:39am

Now In Production: Human Skin Grown In a Robot-Controlled German Skin Factory

Back in 2009, we told you about the skin factory concept at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, where scientists hoped to mass-produce skin at low cost for clinical testing and other uses. Now it's come online, with robots squeezing pink solution into pipettes and turning out… » 4/18/11 3:40pm 4/18/11 3:40pm

Amazing Magic Mirror Digitally Changes Fabrics On the Fly

The Fraunhofer Institute-the guys who invented MP3 and screwed the music labels as a result, which is why we like them so much-have a booth at IFA with their latest inventions. The best one is this stunning magic mirror, an augmented reality display that gets any piece of clothing and transforms its fabric in real… » 9/01/08 1:11pm 9/01/08 1:11pm