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Kasper Hornbæk
01/07/2015 - 15:08

Soon you will find yourself asking "Is my phone alive?"

The GHOST project aims at creating shape-changing interfaces. These are display surfaces made of malleable materials that can change into and retain arbitrary shapes, displaying output from a computer system and allowing new actions. I see an increasing number of shape-changing interfaces currently emerging as commercial prototypes, and expect to see major players launch smartphones with shape-changing functionality most likely within the next five years.

The GHOST project has demonstrated 3D bar charts and user interface objects that levitate.  Nevertheless, in my opinion, truly successful shape-changing interfaces are only in part about technology. Though plenty of technological issues remain to be solved, shape-changing interfaces are

Thibaut Kleiner
30/06/2015 - 14:36

Back from the Internet of Things week 2015, a boost of energy and ideas to go on

This was the 6th edition and you could see that over the years the IoT has become more than a techno dream and it is today a real market. It becomes clear to everyone that the vision of connecting everything to networks will have vast economic potential and enormous positive social impact. According to our latest study, the IoT market value in the EU is expected to exceed one trillion euros in 2020! That is the key to our prosperity and competitiveness.

During this week rich in IoT discussions I had the unique opportunity to meet many innovators both from the research and business worlds.  I had the chance to see again colleagues from the European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things(IERC) and learn more about their latest work. I discussed with Smart

Pearse O'donohue
19/06/2015 - 17:38

Cloud computing at the forefront of the digital economy

The recent evidence provided in the study on the "Uptake of Cloud in Europe" confirms the increasing adoption of cloud services in the EU by industry according to the size of their business and country of origin.  Furthermore, the research indicates that from 2015 to 2020 cloud computing can create 1 million new jobs in Europe.  This potential was a significant factor in the development of the Commission's strategy for a Digital Single Market, such that cloud has a prominent and visible role to enhance the digital economy.

With this more prominent role come more challenges.

We need Europe-wide solutions.  We need scale.  We need cross-border opportunities for business and citizens to make sure that Europe remains

Mario Scillia
17/06/2015 - 17:02

FELIX: Strengthening Global Research Cooperation in Software Defined Networks Testing

I strongly believe in the impact of collaborative research, especially when researching the future of a truly global infrastructure such as the Internet.  Our FIRE (Future Internet Research and Experimentation) initiative features a number of EU projects cooperating with researchers and experimenters around the world in a bid to develop the technologies and standards that will drive the Internet of tomorrow.

One of our projects representing this collaborative approach is FELIX (FEderated Test-beds for Large-scale Infrastructure eXperiments). Focusing on software-defined

Bronagh Walton
12/06/2015 - 16:13

Cannes Film Festival: the perfect showcase for EU film production, audiovisual business and political debates

In 'The Architecture of Happiness" the philosopher Alain de Boton discusses the importance of the working environment on productivity and job satisfaction. When the European Commission's small MEDIA team arrived at the European Pavillion during the Festival de Cannes, I thought to myself: "this must be one of the best offices on earth!”. A typical office it is not. The turquoise Mediterranean sea laps the white sand and the gleaming spires of the European village that is filled with thousands of independent European film and TV producers who come to one of the most important film festivals worldwide to exhibit their latest work visible to the vast audience.

Cannes is usually a sleepy fishing village, but transformed for two weeks a year into the home of the global movie industry. Everyone is there from mega producers like Harvey Weinstein with seemingly

Nicole Dewandre
10/06/2015 - 13:05

5th CoP meeting: Breathing life into the new framework for better SRCR

The adoption of the Better Regulation package is a milestone for self- and co-regulation which mirrors the maturity of the debates we are having in the Community of Practice. Set up in 2013, this community indeed witnessed a shift from a "for or against" type of discussion to a "when and how" one. Now, not only the Principles are endorsed as benchmarks for well-designed non-regulatory actions, but the continuum between SR and CR is also acknowledged: hard and soft regulations are not alternative and exclusive options, but interact with each other in a dynamic and genuine way. Moreover, SRCR is now confirmed as a policy option at the impact assessment stage and recognized as means of implementation.

On Friday 12 June, the CoP members

Jens Kelm
10/06/2015 - 09:53

The Body on a Chip – From Research to Market in only 3 Years

This is a guest blog post written by Jens Kelm, CSO of InSphero, coordinator of BoC project

Back in March 2012, the BoC consortium was awarded with 1.4 mio Euro by the European Commission for the Body on a Chip project. The fact we were on the right track was confirmed not much later by the US grant initiative from the NIH and DARPA allocating more than 100 mio US$ to foster developments towards a Body on a Chip. The BoC consortium directive was to create a comprehensive, next-generation in vitro drug testing device which interconnects multi-organ tissue models to identify toxicity and/or decreased efficacy due to metabolic

Zoran Stancic
08/06/2015 - 18:16

Alice in the flatland: the trip of graphene from Nobel Prize to European competitiveness

Graphene has a kind of magic in it. It is not easy to believe that this thin carbon atoms layer can be so revolutionary. Graphene is the material of superlatives, as Nobel Prize Laureate Sir Konstantin Novoselov said in his key note speech: thinnest, strongest, stiffest, bendable and impermeable, having unique optical properties, highest electron mobility, record thermal conductivity and so on, the list of record properties is long.

Graphene-based materials can exploit those properties: in the future they may allow us to charge batteries extremely fast, illuminate a room with Graphene-based lighting or create flexible displays and touch-screens for mobile phones. Other possible applications are to filter water or to print circuits with conductive ink – perhaps even on T-shirts! Graphene and related materials are on track to play a role in the automotive, aerospace,

Paul Timmers
04/06/2015 - 16:35

Active and healthy ageing: taking innovation to market

After reading Jane Wakefield's article on "The Generation that Technology Forgot" one thing became very clear to me. Factoring-in the specific needs of the ageing population across every-day technology is a social necessity and a global success-imperative for most consumer products and services.

So how can we make sure that innovative technology is age-friendly by design? We've already gathered some great examples from the "Design for Ageing" sessions held at the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing in

Patrick Von Bra...
03/06/2015 - 15:00

Significance of Self- and Co-Regulation in the Digital World

A lot has happened since the last plenary which will make the forthcoming meeting especially relevant. The First Vice President of the Commission has published the Better Regulation Package which gives a lot more emphasis to instruments of self- and co-regulation. Vice President Ansip and Commissioner Oettinger have published the Digital Single Market Strategy providing an ambitious roadmap to reform almost the complete regulatory framework for the digital economy during the coming years. At the same time the European Economic and Social Council (EESC) has passed an opinion on self- and co-regulation in the community legislative framework. So there will be sufficient food for thought and discussion on