DirectIndustry e-Magazine - HANNOVER MESSE & INDUSTRY NEWS - APRIL 2019 - DirectIndustry e-Magazine

#51/ APRIL 2019

#51/ APRIL 2019




Hannover Messe: 

Cobots Preparing to Make the Transition from Contraptions to Colleagues

European AI Looks to Bridge a Continental Divide


Sweden, Hannover Messe Partner Country

The Rise of Biohacking

How is Swedish Industry Going?


Artificial Intelligence

CRISPR-Cas9: Artificial Intelligence Gets Involved in Gene-Editing

Predicting Behaviour Through Speech

INTERVIEW. “AI is a Revolution for the Corporate World”


& More News

Advances in AI are set to underpin the next generation of cobots.

Advances in artificial intelligence and situational awareness are set to underpin the next generation of collaborative robots, designed to safely work side by side with humans in industrial environments.   The industrial robotics market is expected to grow by 175% over the next decade, according to Loup Ventures...

Today artificial intelligence (AI) is widely seen as a primary driver of future growth, competitiveness and job creation, boosting productivity and efficiency and lowering costs. Despite AI’s wide-ranging potential benefits, however, many are concerned that Europe is losing out in the AI development race, as both the...


Have you ever lost your keys? Or couldn’t find your train ticket? In Sweden, a growing group of people have made such trivial problems a thing of the past. Their solution: a small microchip implanted under the skin.   This biochip allows them to enter their office, gym or home or unlock their computer or smartphone by...

In spite of its small population of only 10 million people, Sweden is a major industrial player and an innovation hub. ABB, SKF, Spotify, Ericsson are some of the most well-known companies from Sweden. And it is no coincidence that Sweden was Hannover Messe partner country this year. Sweden is a highly tech-literate...

The revolutionary genome editing method, CRISPR-Cas9.

Discovered in 2013, the CRISPR-Cas9 is a new revolutionary technique of gene editing. Whether it is described as a miracle solution to treat genetic diseases or a powerful tool to augment humans and create a more resistant human kind, CRISPR-Cas9 has become a wonderful field of research for the scientific community....

Fewer and fewer sectors today are holding out when it comes to artificial intelligence. That latest convert: the car rental industry. AI offers undeniable advantages when it comes to assessing the state of a vehicle, which has not gone unoticed by Olympic Location, a French rental company. They have just installed an...

Courtesy of VoiceSense

An Israeli provider of voice-based technology has recently launched an innovative new tool. The Voicesense application analyzes speech in real time and uses AI algorithms to provide an instant profile of the individual’s behavior.   Yoav Degani, founder and CEO, explains the technology can be employed to predict a...

Stéphane Roder

Stéphane Roder is a French AI specialist. He studied machine learning at Stanford University with Luc Julia, the founder of Siri, and has deployed AI solutions in many companies. He has just published his Practical Guide to Artificial Intelligence in Businesses (Guide pratique de l’intelligence artificielle en...

Hannover Messe

Today machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies are helping solve some of the biggest problems facing companies across the industrial spectrum. Boosting efficiency and production output in areas such as predictive maintenance and repair, defect detection and the optimization of supply chains, they are...

Courtesy of KUKA

Human-robot collaboration is fast becoming a norm in automation, particularly among smaller manufacturers. With the collaborative robot offering flexibility and affordability, the industrial world has embraced the concept of a “cobotic” future.   Mark Gray, area sales manager in the UK and Northern Ireland for...

Your shopping habits are about to change! New trends are shaking up the retail sector. From hands-free voice commerce from home to pop-up stores, discover how you will shop in the future.   Amazon’s net sales reached $72.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $60.5 billion for the same period in 2017....

From screening apps for medical conditions to video games for vital training – digital technology is impacting healthcare in Africa, reaching remote locations and bringing cost-effective solutions to poverty-stricken areas. But, the experts say, it is important to ensure claims are based on evidence and local systems...

Courtesy of Silex

Silex connects buyers and suppliers via an artificial intelligence platform. Created 5 years ago, this French start-up has made it its mission to optimize sourcing for purchasing departments. First in France, then tomorrow across the Atlantic. Silex. A funny pre-historic name for a 21st century start-up. However,...

A giant robotic braider, capable of creating complex composite preforms for widespread lightweight applications, is up and running in the UK.   The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) bought the equipment, which is the largest in the country, to enhance its cutting-edge collection for...

The prototype of a smart, self-driving tram has been successfully tested in genuine road traffic in Germany.


The prototype of a smart, self-driving tram has been successfully tested in genuine road traffic in Potsdam, Germany.   Matthias Hofmann, Product Manager, Light Rail Vehicles, Siemens Mobility, explains that the world’s first completely autonomous tram successfully drove along a six-kilometer stretch of the city’s...


Today self-driving cars are rapidly clocking up road kilometres across the world. Yet a growing sense of the remaining hurdles that need to be overcome by driverless tech developers – coupled with a series of fatal accidents involving self-driving cars – has eroded confidence and exposed the bold claims of some...

We interviewed Luis LE MOYNE, a specialist in autonomous and electric vehicles and Director at the French Institut Supérieur de l’Automobile et des Transports. He gave us his analysis as to why France is not yet ready for the electric car.   DirectIndustry e-mgazine: Why do you think France is not yet ready for electric...


Camille Rustici

Camille Rustici is a Video Journalist and the Editor-in-Chief for DirectIndustry e-magazine. She has years of experience in business issues for various media including France 24, Associated Press, Radio France…

Lindsay Clark

Lindsay Clark is a freelance journalist specializing in computing. He has won industry awards as news editor at Computer Weekly. He has also written for newspapers including The Guardian, The Financial Times…

Chris O’Brien

Chris O’Brien is based in France and is European Correspondent for VentureBeat and a freelance writer. Before moving to France, he spent 15 years in Silicon Valley covering technology for the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times.

Sole Møller

Sole Møller is a Danish freelance journalist based in San Fransisco. He writes about new technologies and contributes to several publications including DirectIndustry e-magazine.

Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen is a writer and a photographer. His work has featured in numerous publications, including CNN, BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Discovery Channel.

Hicham Dhouibi

Hicham Dhouibi is a mechanical and process engineer and writer with years of experience in automotive, plastic processing and telecom industries.

Monica Hutchings

Monica Hutchings is a Canadian writer and translator from Toronto who has worked on everything from technical descriptions to academic journals. She is our copy-editor and our in-house DirectIndustry English translator.

Abigail Saltmarsh

Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist with 25 years’ experience for industry publications (Packaging Europe) and national magazines (The New York Times, International Herald Tribune).

Adam Turner

Adam Turner is an award-winning Australian freelance technology journalist with more than 15 years of experiences in business and consumer technology in media like the Sydney Morning Herald.

Erin Tallman

Erin Tallman is an American writer and Deputy Editor of ArchiExpo e-magazine. She writes novels and contributes to several online magazines like DirectIndustry e-magazine.

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