From KNOW-HOW to WOW

VISUAL ANALYTICS: WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

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Sure, this is a tech podcast. That shouldn’t stop us from talking about knitting, though. Why, you ask? Because our guests Emily McNeil and Justin Connelly use knitting as a form of data visualization. Their temperature displaying tapestries convey the consequences of global warming more effectively than any statistics. Because seeing is believing. At Bosch, we use the power of visuals in order to create safer and more robust Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Liu Ren, VP and Chief Scientist and his team at Bosch Research in Silicon Valley, are exploring a method called Visual Analytics to find a human-friendly form of representing big data associated with black-box AI systems. It allows us to acquire actionable insights to improve the performance of AI systems fast and easy. Visual Analytics uses machine learning, data visualization and user interaction that combine model and underlying data in a way that allows humans to see things that machines cannot easily present.
Other things we discuss include: How “a brain made a fake brain to understand how a brain works”, the Dalai Lama wearing a cowboy hat (=neuroscientist Michelle Greene will explain the context), and Melena trying desperately to open a little farewell box from Geoff...

SHOWNOTES:
More about Liu Ren and visual analytics:
https://www.bosch.com/stories/visual-analytics-artificial-intelligence/
More about Michelle Greene:
http://www.michellegreene.org/index.html
More about knitting tapestries:
www.tempestryproject.com
More about Bosch AI:
https://www.bosch-ai.com/
More Bosch podcasts:
https://www.bosch.com/de/stories/podcast-from-know-how-to-wow/ https://mightymicro.podigee.io/
Want to work for Bosch? Click here:
https://www.bosch.de/karriere/

AI FITNESS TRACKER: BEATING THE "CORONA-TINE"

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This episode makes Melena and Geoff sweat, training not only their muscles but their Bosch fitness trackers as well. The world’s first self-learning AI sensor for wearables and hearables is based on Edge AI. Having an “edge” like that on your wrist makes your fitness tracker individually tailored to you and the way you move. With each movement it adjusts itself. The sensor provides more reliable analytics and reduces the need for data storage space, eliminating data transmission to the cloud. Keeping you in control of your data. Melena and Geoff learn from product manager Kaustubh Gandhi and research scientist Thomas Nilsson what went into the development of this new approach to fitness trackers. That jumping jacks sometimes can get out of control, however, is a different story. Melena can tell you about it.

SHOWNOTES:
More about Bosch AI:
https://www.bosch-ai.com/
More about Bosch sensors and wearables:
https://www.bosch-sensortec.com/about-us/events/aicon2021.html
https://www.bosch-sensortec.com/applications-solutions/wearables-hearables/
Want to work for Bosch? Click here:
https://www.bosch.de/karriere/
More Bosch podcasts:
https://www.bosch.com/de/stories/podcast-from-know-how-to-wow/
https://mightymicro.podigee.io/

TECH FOR CLIMATE

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What can you, what can everyone contribute when it comes to protecting our planet? How could technology help us live a more sustainably life? That’s what we investigate in this episode of From KNOW-HOW to WOW. Our hosts Melena and Geoff are interested in one aspect in particular: using water responsibly. They meet Bosch engineer Harald Moschütz in the laundry room, where he debunks some intractable laundry myths. Later on he explains how smart technology helps our washing machines get class A energy labels. Melena and Geoff also talk to Emily, who writes the “Accidental Hippies” blog. Her family only has a limited supply of water and she explains why it’s not that difficult to use less. Our hosts are particularly impressed by Khagendra Thapa. He so effectively recycles waste water at Bosch in Australia, that he can “harvest” valuable nickel and copper from it.
Diving into this topic makes Melena and Geoff realize one thing first and foremost: living sustainably is a matter of mindset. In the long run it’s a mixture of role models, new ideas, and new technologies that help us achieve our climate goals.

SHOWNOTES:

Bosch Sofa Session: Talking Climate Change
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4UxpJip0KE&feature=youtu.be

Sustainable like a Bosch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfLiwpwEqtU
https://www.bosch.com/stories/sustainability-likeabosch/
How to become an accidental Hippie? Here’s Emily’s Blog.
https://accidentalhippies.com/

HOVERBOARDS: THE TECH BEHIND LEVITATION

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It's what made Marty McFly the envy of all kids in the 80s - and one of the most iconic sci-fi gadgets ever: the hoverboard. Sam Rogers always wanted to fly on such a board, too. In this episode of From KNOW-HOW to WOW, Sam shares how he made his dream come true. But while he wore a jet suit when "hoverboarding," experts at Bosch are now making hovering platforms levitate with the help of AI: "It is not more than controlling all six degrees of freedom," says Bosch expert Joachim Frangen. The intelligent combination of human knowledge and AI capabilities enables new products like Planatix. That's what Joachim calls his invention. But: since machines have learned to think for themselves, AI research must ensure that humans remain in control. That's why Melena and Geoff also talk to Zico Kolter, chief scientist of AI research at the Bosch center for artificial intelligence. He explains why Bosch AI is safe, robust and explainable.

SHOWNOTES:

How to Hoverboard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shazS0gzVXg

Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence:
https://www.bosch-ai.com/

Interested in working for Bosch? Click here:
https://www.bosch.com/careers/

FUEL CELLS: SPACE AGE TECH DOWN TO EARTH

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Like a story straight out of Hollywood, in this week’s From KNOW-HOW to WOW astronaut Mike Foale chats to Melena and Geoff about living on a space station with no power after a crash with a cargo ship - and how he is still here to tell the tale. For the techie stuff, Mike also explains why space engineers rely on fuel cells to power space shuttles. And Bosch experts Tobias Beck and Markus Ohnmacht tell us how a Solid Oxile Fuel Cell (SOFC) can support the renewable energy landscape down on earth now. They paint a picture of energy generation independent of big power plants, with an electricity and heat source that doesn’t have an exhaust and only produces water.

SHOWNOTES:
Facts and progress collision animation with MIR: https://history.nasa.gov/SP-4225/multimedia/progress-collision.htm

More about SOFC:
https://www.bosch.com/research/know-how/success-stories/high-temperature-fuel-cell-systems/

Interested in working for Bosch? Click here:
https://www.bosch.com/careers/

COVID-19: RELIABLE TEST RESULTS WITH VIVALYTIC IN 39 MINUTES

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One of the lines of defense against the coronavirus is rapid testing. We introduce you to Vivalytic, a universal platform for molecular laboratory diagnostics that can test for COVID-19 infections in less than 40 minutes. Learn from Bosch expert Martin Schulz how Vivalytic works – and what “Vegas rule” is embedded here (spoiler alert: What happens on the cartridge…”). Also joining us, Dr. Karolin Graf, a German hospital hygienist, talking about her experiences with Vivalytic in her daily work in the “Paracelsus Kliniken” Germany.

SHOWNOTES:

https://www.bosch-vivalytic.com/en/

https://www.bosch.com/stories/vivalytic-rapid-test-for-covid-19/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e86DTnjyKVA

https://www.paracelsus-kliniken.de/kompetenzen/hygiene/

Interested in working for Bosch? Click here: https://www.bosch.com/careers/

MEMS: WITH ALL (TECHNICAL) SENSES

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What is smaller than your pinky nail, has AI in it and can analyze the air in a room and tell you to open the window when there are too many aerosols floating around? The answer: Microelectromechanical systems or MEMS sensors. In this episode, Melena and Geoff will focus on one of the most interesting MEMS: the rotation sensor or gyroscope. You’ll hear from Benedikt Funke, a seaman from the Deutsches Museum München. Benedikt shares how gyroscopes are used by navigators at sea as they are more reliable than a magnetic compass. Then, we dive into how engineering can be inspired by nature as we hear Biologist Brad Dickerson explain the connection of MEMS to insects such as houseflies, blow flies, and mosquitoes. We will also go on a MEMS journey with Bosch Engineer Emma Abel and Richard Fix, portfolio manager at Bosch Sensortec, as they highlight huge trends like Edge AI and explain how MEMS are essentially the sensory organs of the technical world.

SHOWNOTES:

https://www.bosch.com/stories/bosch-mems-sensor-applications/

https://www.bosch-semiconductors.com/news/mighty-micro.html

https://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/exhibitions/transport/marine-navigation/navigation/

http://dickerson.bio.unc.edu

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VIRTUAL VISOR: SAFE EYES, SAVE LIVES

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Safe eyes, save lives. Bosch expert Jason Zink sheds light on how Bosch is innovating the 95-year-old sun visor. Melena and Geoff also learn more about our sense of sight as they talk to the stage lighting artist, Marc Brickman about the use of lighting in the theater. Additionally, you’ll hear from Ivan Schwab, author of “How Eyes Evolved,” as he shares all about exactly that - the evolution of eyes.

SHOWNOTES:
More about the sun visor:
https://www.bosch-presse.de/pressportal/de/en/safe-eyes-save-lives-how-bosch-engineers-are-innovating-the-95-year-old-sun-visor-204928.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJgwEt12mEU

More about Marc Brickman:

https://www.tactman.com/

More from Ivan Schwab:

https://www.amazon.de/Evolutions-Witness-How-Eyes-Evolved/dp/0195369742?language=en_GB

Interested in working for Bosch? Click here: https://www.bosch.com/careers/

SOUNDSEE: SEEING WITH SOUND

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The slightest of sounds can unlock mysteries on Earth, in Space and can even help us fly! In our first “From know-how to wow” episode, Melena and Geoff talk to a variety of guests on the topic of sound - forensic scientist Rob Maher, who uses sound files to support solving murders; Jim Platzer who flies planes despite his retinal disease, using sound to navigate; and Bosch AI researcher, Dr. Samarjit Das, who shares how sound can be used for predictive maintenance and to check if your body is running well. Sam explains how Bosch Research’s SoundSee technology uses Audio AI – powerful audio signal processing algorithms built with machine learning — to give meaning to the sounds it hears, here on Earth and aboard the International Space Station! The applications for SoundSee are limitless, taking researchers literally to new heights.

Shownotes:

Jim Platzer (jim@jimplatzer.com)
http://jimplatzer.com

Samarjit Das (samarjit.das@montana.edu)
https://www.bosch-presse.de/pressportal/de/en/press-release-205568.html

Rob Maher (rmaher@montana.edu)
https://www.montana.edu/rmaher/

SoundSee
https://www.bosch.com/stories/life-on-the-international-space-station/

Bosch Global website:
https://www.bosch.com/

TRAILER

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From KNOW-HOW to WOW – Welcome to the Bosch Global podcast! Want to know how Bosch turns research into those real life “WOW” moments? Our resident tech enthusiasts Melena and Geoff will meet first-class experts taking you on a deep-dive into their smart world. Made for people who love tech, and a good story – from astronauts to AI, from crime forensics to coders, from hoverboarders to flying trays. Just “From know-how to wow”. Listen to this trailer for a first impression. Be curious. Be wowed!

About this podcast

Want to know how Bosch turns research into those real life “WOW” moments? In each episode of this podcast, our resident hosts Melena and Geoff will illuminate a tech topic from different perspectives. They meet first-class experts taking you on a deep-dive into a world that makes life smarter, safer and more sustainable. Made for people who love tech, and a good story – from astronauts to AI, from crime forensics to coders, from hoverboarders to flying trays. From KNOW-HOW to WOW.
Be curious. Be wowed.

Interested in working for Bosch? Click here: https://www.bosch.com/careers/

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