Start-ups showcasing cutting edge innovations at digital HANNOVER MESSE 2021

Today Hannover Messe, the world's most important industrial trade fair opened its virtual doors. It will be held purely digitally from 12 to 16 April, and Switzerland is once again represented with a national pavilion. Five start-ups and three spin-off projects as well as SMEs, institutes and organisations are showcasing their amazing innovations.

The virtual Hannover Messe is a central platform for innovation and networking as well as a signpost in the age of industrial change. Topics of this year's exhibition cover 8 areas: Automation, Motion & Drives; Compressed Air & Vacuum; Digital Ecosystems; Energy Solutions; Engineered Parts & Solutions; Future Hub; Global Business & Markets, with the SWISS Pavilion being realised under "Digital Ecosystems". Digitalswitzerland, together with T-LINK and partners Swissmem, Industrie 2025, SBFI and Innosuisse, is organising the trade fair presence.

From 13 to 15 April, Switzerland will be devoting a total of seven virtual presentations to the key areas of Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence / machine learning, robotics and innovation. In addition to more than 20 companies, institutes and organisations, experts Martin Hirzel (President of Swissmem), Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart (ETH Zurich & Founding Co-Director Wyss Zurich), Beatrice Scarioni (Vice-Presidency of the EPFL Innovation Park) and Timothy O'Heary (President of the impactIA Foundation) will also appear as speakers. In addition, 25 other individual Swiss exhibitors will be taking part in the fair outside the SWISS Pavilion.

Swiss start-ups with cutting-edge technologies at HANNOVER MESSE

AICA is dedicated to use Artificial Intelligence to simplify the programming of robots. It developed a software which reduces the computing time, using a user-friendly interface and advanced algorithms. The company was created in 2019 after more than 5 years of development at the LASA Laboratory at EPFL.

Bota Systems is developing sensing solutions to enable robots to better interact with humans. The startup has developed an innovative plug-and-play force-sensing solution that is scalable and modular. Bota Systems’ solution can be integrated into any robotic system that requires sensing the interaction force with their environments, such as service and household robots, robot-assisted surgery systems, manufacturing robots, inspection drones, surgical robots, or autonomous excavators.

Embotech is a leading developer of cutting-edge decision-making software. Our embeddable software empowers autonomous systems to make decisions by solving complex optimization problems in milliseconds, bringing significant improvements in safety, productivity and energy efficiency. The presence of Embotech at the Swiss Pavilion is supported by Innosuisse’s “Pick your Fair” programme.

Modulos is a recently founded spin-off company of ETH Zurich led by two ETH professors working on bringing sophisticated artificial intelligence to corporate customers. Our goal is to bring machine learning to the right level of abstraction to allow users to select and deploy the latest models from computer science research.

SUIND builds an AI-based safety-critical software suite for commercial drones that can be easily integrated into any drone. The system is based on advanced computer vision, AI and control algorithms. It provides a robust and lightweight solution to the challenges of precise navigation, safe landing, and obstacle avoidance. 

In addition three spin-off projects will be present:

Dronistics is developing a personal and human friendly drone delivery system for last centimeter delivery to hard-to-reach places. Its PackDrone is safe by design. A cage around the drone protects people, the parcel and the drone. Additionally, the drone is foldable in order to save storage space and to facilitate its transportation to the deployment location.

Omnigrasp is an electrical soft robotic gripper that uses electroadhesion on movable compliant fingers to deftly and securely grasp an enormous range of objects. Silicone rubber fingers enable Omnigrasp to safely handle even for the most delicate objects.  The technology is the result of 8 years of research at EPFL.

Project Play is a novel approach to movement therapy that connects the best of wearable robotics to the latest video games for an unprecedented training experience. The NCCR Spin-Fund awardees are hosted at the Sensory-Motor Systems Lab, ETH Zurich, by Prof. Robert Riener.

(Press release / Stefan Kyora)

Picture: Deutsche Messe AG