Late summer consecrations at the European Forum Alpbach

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Late summer consecrations at the European Forum Alpbach

For the first time ever, we had the opportunity to present kdg opticomp to the assembled academic elite in Tyrol, in the presence of the relevant government minister, as the industry partner in an R&D showcase project.
In the COMET Smart@Surface project, science and industry in Tyrol and Styria are working together to provide intelligent and interactive device user interfaces. In the picture from left to right the project partners and supporters: LR Bernhard Tilg (Tyrolean state government), BM Heinz Faßmann (BMDWF), Manuel Walch (kdg opticomp), Ernst Stelzmann (JOANNEUM RESEARCH), LRin Patrizia Zoller-Frischauf (Tyrolean state government), Paul Hartmann (JOANNEUM RESEARCH) and Martin Leitner (SWAROVSKI OPTIK). Foto: Standortagentur Tirol / Harald Kantschieder

Who says engineers and researchers aren’t creative? Even when naming their R&D projects, the syntactic synapses are flying! We should know – we’re actively involved in five research projects that have fairly unconventional names, to say the least. And even with the highly official presentation of two R&D projects to eminent company just under two weeks ago in Alpbach, where we had the opportunity to showcase ourselves as an industry partner for the first time to the entire academic elite of Tyrol, the thing that sticks in the mind most, apart from the beautiful late-summer weather, is the lexical originality of the projects. Take K-Regio BIM2IndiLight, for instance – individual digital lighting solutions with our longstanding partner Bartenbach taking a leading role.

Or our own project Smart@Surface, which we’re working on together with the Materials Institute for Surface Technologies and Photonics at Joanneum Research in Weiz and with Swarovski Optik. Our joint research aim will be to develop a process that allows flexible base materials such as foils to be equipped with electronic, sensor and optoelectronic components and then to back-inject these to create stable 3D shapes. This would result in 3D objects with seamless, interactive surfaces that could be deployed in the future in binoculars or other telescopic devices. Gesture control, which we all know from films like Mission Impossible, could thus become a reality in the future.

We’re not quite that far down the line yet: neither with lighting control, nor gesture control. The packed technology brunch organised by the Tyrolean Business Promotion Agency on the terrace of the Alphof in Alpbach was attended by sheer delight and brilliant sunshine, into which the Tyrolean Minister of Economic Affairs, Patrizia Zoller-Frischauf and Science and Research Minister, Heinz Fassmann admittedly made their best attempts to escape as fast as possible with snappy, witty banter. In a way also a kind of control, not even the worst.