This will bring the Netherlands more to the fore during the upcoming edition of CES. Originally a consumer electronics trade show, the focus has been on business tech solutions in the last few years. CES 2022 will take place on January 5 in the American gambling city of Las Vegas.
About five years ago, the Holland stand lacked significant presence. The exhibitors were given plenty of time to get to know each other. But gradually that changed. Not only is the offer of Dutch exhibitors becoming more interesting, their number is also increasing. For the first time in 2022, in addition to fifty startups , the delegation will also consist of twenty scale-ups.
Nowi Energy, InPhocal, Morphotonics, RanMarine and Roseman Labs
The thirteen winners of an Innovation Award are assured of a lot of attention. Nine of these are ICT-related:
– Nowi Energy:
Startup Nowi Energy from Veldhoven has devised a chip that allows sensors to extract energy from their immediate environment, for example from light, heat or Wi-Fi signals. This allows them to last for decades without having to charge them.
InPhocal, also from the Eindhoven region, won an award for its concentric laser beam technology. The long focus length of the beam speeds up laser marking systems. It also becomes possible to mark on curved surfaces without loss of quality. In addition, the laser beam can focus on smaller spot sizes than the current technique. This leads to higher precision when dicing wafers. This increases the chip yield, which helps to reduce the chip shortages.
Morphotonics makes it easier for customers who have improved their micro- or nano-structured products to make the transition from lab setup to manufacturing. To this end, the Veldhoven-based company has developed the Roll-to-Plate imprint technology with a large surface area.
RanMarine has developed a self-steering robot shark that purifies water. The Rotterdam-based company has specialized in maritime drones that are remotely controlled or even completely autonomous. The robotic shark acts like an intelligent tool that swims around and removes dirt. The waste is collected through the shark’s mouth. At the same time, the robot can also collect data about the sea environment. The drones can work in groups together with the docking station.
– Roseman Labs:
Roseman Labs (privacy tech) from Breda received an award for its software to set up easier and more secure data collaborations. Instead of sharing data, the algorithm is sent to the different sources. This enables decentralized data analytics without data falling into the wrong hands. The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) uses this solution to build Secure Net. Thanks to the strong data privacy guarantees, this platform for sharing cyber risks can soon also be used to warn companies outside the critical infrastructure.
VideowindoW, Absolute Audio Labs, Avular and Dimenco
VideowindoW turns any existing glass surface on a building into a transparent display. The Delft company does this by superimposing a layer of video. Unlike competing solutions, this display solution also provides heat absorption. At the same time, the glass is less dazzling. This makes the VideoWindoW ideally suited for airports and other buildings with large glass surfaces. The Schiphol Group recently concluded a lease contract for this purpose. Rotterdam The Hague Airport will install the solution. Museum Jan Cunen in Oss will use the transparent display as a sustainable communication medium for exhibitions.
– Absolute Audio Labs:
The Dutch scale-up Absolute Audio Labs from Hilversum offers software that makes speech more intelligible. In addition, users of wireless earphones or hearing aids can enjoy music more. Developed is a suite of algorithms that add advanced hearing features to wireless earphones. These types of headphones can be provided with additional functions for the hearing impaired. These algorithms can also be used in hearing aids. The company’s Pyour audio platform works with algorithms for artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The robotics company Avular is helping others realize the next generation of mobile robots. These include autonomous drones and rovers. The Eindhoven company developed a modular ‘robot brain’. Together with various pre-configured modular robot platforms, any functionality can be mounted on it.
Dimenco will breathe new life into 3D technology after more than ten years. At CES, this spin-off from Philips will demonstrate its new 3D technology for laptops, called Simulated Reality (SR). No special glasses are required for this. The company from Veldhoven developed a new form of spatial computing. This makes new ways of interacting and experiencing the screen possible. The first consumer products based on this technology will be released this year. SR combines light field 3D technology, integrated sensors and image processing algorithms. The aim is to experience realistic 3d objects seamlessly in a virtual environment.
Other winners of a CES Innovation Award are Crescent Medical (camera for surgeons), Ferr-Tech (water treatment), Ocean Grazer (environmental engineering) and Urban Mobility Systems (electrification of machines).