A digital twin in the kitchen: Keeping fruit and veggies fresh with your cell phone

2.8 million tons of food are being wasted each year before they even reach Swiss tables – luckily, there are ways to change that. Empa researchers Kanaha Shoji and Jörg Schemminger have developed an app to tackle this issue and helps us do our bit.

Optimal storage conditions vary according to the type of vegetable or fruit. We can help reduce food waste if we know how to best keep our food fresh and enjoyable, and expand its shelf life. Firstly, information about environmental conditions, for instance temperature and relative humidity, are needed. Secondly, the optimal conditions for each vegetable or fruit has to be taken into account. The app MyFruitTwin promises to deliver this information, allowing better storage and waste reduction. Watch below the exciting presentations including a food quiz with a life audience, hosted by Empa's Head of Communications, Michael Hagmann, and find out how the app works. 

 

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About the MyFruitTwin 

Latest interview on digital twins: The simulated patient  

 

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Andrea Six ()

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Kanaha Shoji, Scientist, Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles
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Jörg Schemminger, Scientist, Biomimetic Membranes and Textiles
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Vision test for autonomous cars

Autonomous driving: Does your car see well enough?

Miriam Elser, Group Leader Vehicle System, and her team at Empa study current sensor technology applied for self-driving cars: What sensors are available on the market? How is this technology performing, especially under tricky environmental conditions such as fog or heavy rainfall?

Sensors function as the eyes of autonomous cars: They collect data about the car's surroundings and support the machine's decision-making process: how and where the car drives. Same as for human drivers, standardized testing procedures for sensor technology are needed to ensure safety on the roads. Elser guided us through the proposed "vision test" for sensors and talked to Empa's Head of Communications, Michael Hagmann, about the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats for this technology. Watch the full video below.  

 

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Latest interview: Vision test for autonomous cars

 

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Annina Schneider ()

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Miriam Elser, Group Leader Vehicle System
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A Sustainable Future with "Living" Machines

Collaborative Drones: How Physical Artificial Intelligence will Shape our Interaction with Robots

In this insightful conversation with Mirko Kovac, Head of Empa's Materials and Technology Center of Robotics, the role of materials science in the evolution of drone technology was emphasized, as the composition of robots' bodies, morphology and materials is pivotal in developing a fully functional lifelike robot. How do these intelligent, nature-like robots of the future look like? More importantly, how do we develop these?

Kovac presented examples for potential applications of drones developed at the center, including flying robots that shoot and place sensor darts in the forest to get insights and collect the necessary data to protect forest ecosystems from depletion. Drones that work synergetic to society and facilitate the inspection of complex construction sites, mining and other hostile environments, are other relevant use cases of life supportive robots. Check out the full interview, hosted by Empa's Head of Communications, Michael Hagmann, to get more details.

 

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About the Materials and Technology Centre of Robotics 

 

The center is based on an institutional partnership between Imperial College London and the Empa. Research thrusts include aerial robotics platform development, soft robotics, material science and digital infrastructure systems. 

 

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Physical Artificial Intelligence (PAI)

PAI Seminar Series

Latest interview: Smart Robots need intelligent materials

 

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Maria Lucia Hijar ()

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Digital science is making a key contribution in our quest to meet sustainability challenges. Scientists at Empa strive to accelerate digital transformation by developing technologies that support sustainable lifestyles and safe operations, among others. For instance, a mobile app based on our digital twin technology that helps households control food waste; test procedures for sensors used in autonomous cars to increase safety and reliability; or drone technology that focuses on surveying ecosystems as well as infrastructure.

 

At the Swiss Digital Day 2021, we presented a glimpse of digital science developed at Empa in various live streams on Empa's YouTube Channel. Find below the full videos of the live-streamed sessions.

 

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A sustainable future with "living" machines

Collaborative drones: How physical artificial intelligence will shape our interaction with robots

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Vision test for autonomous cars

Autonomous driving: Does your car see well enough?

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A digital twin in the kitchen: Keeping fruit and veggies fresh with your cell phone

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