On Friday, January 26th the Olympic Hall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen hosted the “Geriatronics – a future technology in Garmisch-Partenkirchen” event.
“Geriatronics” is a new term that combines “Geriatrics” and “Mechatronics” referring to robotic assistants that will enable the elder generation to remain within the comfort of their own home. The keynote speaker – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin made an extended presentation on the topic with the support of a group of high school students from St. Irmengard Realschule, Werdenfels Gymnasium and Zugspitz Realschule who visited Franka Emika’s office earlier this month. Together they unveiled the plans for a project titled GAP – Geriatronik Research Center Garmisch-Partenkirchen of Technical University of Munich (TUM).
Ilse Aigner (Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs), Prof. Hirzinger (former Institute Director at DLR/Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics), Prof. Dr. Thiel (Physicist /Long Life GAP), Prof. Dr. –Ing Albu-Schäffer (Director of DLR/Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics), and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang M. Heckl (General Director, German Museum and Chair of Science of Communication at Technical University Munich) also joined the event and took part in an extended panel discussion.
The team of Prof. Sami Haddadin, Simon Haddadin and Sven Parusel won the German President’s Award for Innovation in Science and Technology 2017 (Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2017)! This recognition is a great honor for us and we wanted to thank everyone for the trust and support!
Behind the winners there is a team of amazing, dedicated and passionate professionals who helped make all of this happened! Cheers to all of us!
Infineon Technologies AG – a world leader in semiconductor solutions that is in partnership with Franka Emika, invited us to join the Annual Press conference. We spent a day at their beautiful Headquarters called Campeon right outside Munich talking to the press and presenting our lightweight sensitive robot Panda to company employees from the entire region together with the company‘s CEO Dr. Reinhard Ploss.
Image Source: Infineon Technologies AG
The famous WIRED UK magazine, initially launched in the USA in 1993 that covers game-changing trends, ideas and innovations, hosted it’s 6th annual WIRED Live event at the historic Tobacco Dock venue in London, U.K.. The large warehouse constructed in the beginning of the 19th century fully transformed for 2 days of the festival on November 2-3. 2017. Special guests this year included the EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia.
Franka Emika attended the event together with its lightweight robot Panda and had a great time meeting people, giving a talk titled “Collaborative robots” and introducing visitors to our most-loved music demo!
It was amazing to receive so much interest from the public, meet Nico Rosberg – the F1 World Champion 2016, industry representatives and students that joined us for WIRED Next Generation on Saturday, November 4th.
Franka Emika was announced as one of the winners of the German Accelerator and will be now expanding to San Francisco!
It will be a great step forward, challenge and opportunity and we want to thank the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as well as all the partners for their support.
Find out more about the program – here.
Franka Emika was at Bits and Pretzels – the biggest 3 day start-up conference that attracts over 5000 guests this Monday, Sept. 25th . Our CEO Simon Haddadin lead a fun presentation on the Central Stage in a CEO Talk hosted by Ulrich Schäfer from the Süddeutsche Zeitung titled “Team future: How man and machine will collaborate“. During the chat he programmed our lightweight sensitive robot Panda directly on stage putting it in the center of attention playing the music demo for the guests.
The conference was previously attended by entrepreneur Richard Branson, hosting this year actor Kevin Spacy, Andy Cunningham – former personal adviser to Steve Jobs, and many other remarkable people. The aim of the event with the motto “From Founders to Founders” is to emphasize Munich’s role as an international start-up spot and create more networking opportunities. The chain of talks, pitches and workshops ended with a huge celebration at the Oktoberfest with 300 tables reserved for participants to meet and connect. Thank you to Reinhard Ploss from Infineon for the invitation!
Join us on September 19th on a truly international IEEE and 5G Lab Germany summit that will take place in Dresden, Germany after Taiwan and Finland. The summit that was held for the first time at Princeton University in May 2015 focuses on emerging technologies. The one day event will bring together industry leaders, innovators, and researchers from the industry and academic community to share and exchange ideas, setting grounds for future collaboration and development.
We are thrilled to announce the big news – the team of Prof. Sami Haddadin (Director of Institute of Automatic Control, IRT), Simon Haddadin (CEO of Franka Emika GmbH) and Sven Parusel (Chief Engineer at Franka Emika GmbH) is one of the finalists of the German President’s Award for Innovation in Science and Technology 2017 (Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2017) – the most prestigious innovation award given out by the German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Today the three nominees were announced at the press event in the Hall of Fame at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. The prize awarded on November 29th in Schloss Bellevue in Berlin recognizes teams and entrepreneurs for the scientific value of their projects, application possibilities and commercial market relevance.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the final results this November!
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On a mission to see how Germany is dealing with the implementation of the industry 4.0, a committee invited by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and formed by 14 representatives from different countries came over to visit Franka Emika’s new office.
Our CEO Simon Haddadin showed them the best features of our lightweight robot, explained how to explore the technology behind it and talked about the actual needs of the global market.
We are honored to be among the four companies chosen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an example of an innovative German company.
The second week of August we proudly hosted our very first (and one of many the to come) Franka Emika Training Academy course in Munich!
It was fully booked out with nine participants that came over to our facility for two intensive days of lectures and practical sessions with our founders, engineers and developers. The aim of the course is to turn attendants into Certified Users of our lightweight robot, able to set up and operate it with no external support, as well as help others with this task. To find out more and participate click here
This August we threw an amazing party here at the Franka Emika’s office in Munich to celebrate the launch of our Training Academy, move into a new building and the upcoming product launch. We had over 200 guests – partners, customers, interested parties, employees and friends come over for some delicious BBQ, robot demos and networking. We were grateful to see everyone here and hear how many exciting new connections visitors made at the event. Thank you to everyone who attended!
Franka Emika’s CEO Philipp Zimmermann will be at the “Praxisforum” organized by the IHK in Hannover with other
Industry 4.0 ” partners this coming Thursday, August 10th.
The fair is aimed at medium-sized business managers and representatives, giving them an opportunity to attend exciting lectures, exchange ideas, discuss business models and technical organizational aspects.
Franka Emika is proud to share it is part of the ROBINA project that focuses on creating a lightweight robotic solution to aid patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The illness that affected Stephen Hawking usually develops after the age of 60, causing the death of neurons controlling voluntary movement muscles. ALS patients are frequently frustrated by the inability to perform basic tasks and require extensive care of relatives and medical personnel. ROBINA together with its partners seeks to provide them with autonomy and unload caregivers by creating a special system with multimodal controls (voice, gesture, touch and electromyography) to aid with mundane tasks and actions from early stages of the disease to severe paralysis. Panda is the first lightweight robot system of the new generation that fully focuses on people – be it in everyday life to support the elderly and sick or as a helper and colleague in the factory.
Our CEO and co-founder Simon Haddadin participated in the Cyber Dialog – an interactive discussion between political, business, science and administration representatives on the topic of digitalization and cyber security. Among other topics, Dr. Alexander König, (CEO, ReActive Robotics GmbH), Michael Kranawetter (Head of Information Security, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH), Christoph Raab (Chairman, European Security Roundtable) and Mr. Haddadin (Co-founder, Franka Emika), under professional moderation of Lars Kroll (Cyber Security Strategist, Symantec) discussed with the attendants the general opportunities and risks of digitalization for the society, online security and «importance of high-quality, secure and trustworthy IT infrastructure as the basis for industrial production and overall economic development in Germany». They also touched upon the importance of Munich as a center of technological innovation in Germany, and showcased the product highlights of their respective companies.
Sami Haddadin – Head of the Institute of Automatic Control at Leibniz University Hannover and father of Franka Emika gave a keynote speech at the MATLAB Expo in Munich on June 27th. The Franka Emika Team presented a demo at the event where participants could learn how to teach the lightweight robot various tasks and get more information on technical details and the application range of this smart power tool. We want to thank MATLAB Expo for the successful organization of such a great event. More Information you will find here.
We firmly believe in the importance of education and learning through discovery. For a long time robotic engineering was perceived as a closed and even dangerous field only insiders had access to. We were honored and proud to spend 9 days at the IdeenExpo 2017 – one of the biggest fairs in Hannover that attracts over 360.000 people. There, a group of student from Roberta Regiozentrum Hannover, BBSIme, BBS Neustadt and Leibniz Universitat Hannover could showcase what they learned by interacting with our highly sensitive lightweight robot, teaching it to perform various fun and not-so-easy tasks, with no previous experience in robotics to even younger visitors. Our team brought 7 demos and 8 lightweight robots – a personal record, to let the guests see how easy it is to operate the Arm. The students demonstrated such solutions as opening a bottle, assembling a flashlight in only 1 min., and producing colorful buttons with the robot’s help, among many other interesting tasks. The even younger guests of the fair could also take part in programming Desk. Many of them became excited and interested in the field of robotic engineering after visitning out booth.
Our team was thrilled to spend May 30th at the Daho.am Deep Tech conference here in Munich. We welcomed many visitors at our booth, giving everyone the opportunity to learn robotics and program the Arm on the spot. Company’s co-founder Simon Haddadin participated in the Disruption and Startup tracks. He gave a keynote speech talking about our innovative sensitive lightweight robot and company timeline, followed by a robotics panel along with other industry representatives. The event allowed for great networking, recruiting (we’re still actively hiring, check out our careers page!) and was packed with inspiration from other speakers’ presentations.
This year May 11th was marked both by the 28th Day of Engineering in Germany and the VDI “SMART GERMANY – Work in Digital Transformation” event in Düsseldorf. Sami Haddadin appeared on stage in front of over 1400 guests from the engineering, political, academic and business backgrounds to speak about the future of robotics and digitalization. Visit this link for more information.
FRANKA EMIKA was proud to be part of the Bayern Digital Congress 2017, organized by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, on April 28th, at the famous BMW Welt in Munich. Prof. Dr. Sami Haddadin gave a speech to more than 500 decision makers of the Bavarian industry about “Intelligent Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: Interaction, Connectivity and Learning Ability”. After this Mrs. Ilse Aigner, the Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, and Mr. Franz Joseph Pschierer, General Secretary, visited our booth to have a closer look at our cutting-edge industrial lightweight robot.
This year the HANNOVER MESSE was overbooked with 6 500 expositors and Franka Emika was pleased to be invited to be part of the Red Carpet Day along with nine other expositors, which was exclusive for the press. Here are some impressions of our interactive booth where visitors could program tasks and see industrial applications of our high-tech sensitive lightweight robot. We want to thank all visitors for joining us as well as the TV channels ZDF, NDR and DW which gave us the chance to present Franka Emika to the world.