Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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  • Robots lending a helping hand to build Airbus planes

    Wed, 20/08/2014 - 12:20

    Trying to squeeze into tight spaces, carrying out highly repetitive tasks and living with back injuries: these everyday realities of working in aviation construction will soon be over. By bringing robots onto the factory floor to carry out the uncomfortable and tedious tasks, the EU-funded project...

  • Mind over matter: EU researchers use brainpower to get moving

    Wed, 13/08/2014 - 12:00

    Grabbing a glass or typing an email: these are some everyday gestures that are not possible for people with serious physical impairments. EU-funded projects such as TOBI (Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction) are working on technologies that could greatly improve their quality of life. Brain-...

  • EU-funded tool to help our brain deal with big data

    Mon, 11/08/2014 - 12:01

    Every single minute, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data, equal to 360,000 DVDs. How can our brain deal with increasingly big and complex datasets? EU researchers are developing an interactive system which not only presents data the way you like it, but also changes the...

  • EU project helps monitor the environment around you

    Thu, 07/08/2014 - 12:06

    Do you want to track how much ozone, black carbon and other pollutants you are exposed to when out cycling or walking? This is possible with an app – AirProbe – combined with a small sensor box. Partners from Belgium, Germany, Italy and the UK have developed this system to increase people’s...

  • An app that helps you buy good food at the best price

    Wed, 06/08/2014 - 14:41

    Nothing to cook for dinner? While rushing to the supermarket, you will soon be able to consult the FoodLoop app and find the best offers close to you. This system – made possible thanks to an EU-funded toolbox – informs you if a product is reduced in price because the "best before" date is coming...

  • EU develops new driverless car parking system – so you never waste another minute looking for a space

    Thu, 31/07/2014 - 12:28

    There are only a few minutes before your flight check-in closes, or before your train departs, but you now have to spend precious time hunting for a free space at the airport or station car park. Imagine leaving your vehicle at the main entrance and letting the car do the rest on its own....

  • Digital privacy: EU-wide logo and “data protection impact assessments” aim to boost the use of RFID systems

    Wed, 30/07/2014 - 12:02

    People using electronic travel passes, or buying clothes and supermarket items with RFID tags in the label, will know that smart chips are present thanks to the RFID sign.

  • Make 2014 the summer you learn how to code!

    Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:04

    In advance of EU Code Week, taking place across Europe 11-17 October 2014, here are a few ways you, your friends and family can learn how to code this summer.

  • Greener airports thanks to EU-funded tech

    Mon, 28/07/2014 - 12:00

    Did you know that as airports get bigger and bigger they each consume as much energy as small cities? Think only about the lighting, heating and air conditioning systems in these huge transport hubs. That is why European researchers have used Commission funding to develop a new software and sensor...

  • New report on state of EU Telecommunications markets

    Tue, 22/07/2014 - 12:21

    Today the European Commission published a report on the telecommunications market and regulation in the EU, showing that investment in the field starts to grow again, data traffic is growing quickly, together with an increase in VoIP calls. However, huge discrepancies still exist among EU countries.