ORBIT Lab celebrated students’ creativity and tech skills at The Orbies

ORBIT Lab celebrated students’ creativity and tech skills at The Orbies

Blog, Events
February 21st, ORBIT Lab, Aarhus University School of Engineering’s innovation and tech lab, gathered more than 100 students, staff and representatives from the industry for the award ceremony event The Orbies. Here, engineering students presented their projects from the past semester, and a panel of judges from the industry awarded Orbie statuettes to the best projects. Leading up to the event, staff and students were able to nominate projects from the past semester that had made a particular impression – e.g. projects with a high level of technical accomplishment and a creative solution to a problem. The nominees could choose to present their project in one or more of the categories: Best Video, Best Demo or Best Pitch. Besides these three categories, the projects could also win awards in the…
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The Orbies, winter 2019 winners

The Orbies, winter 2019 winners

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ORBIT Lab gave out awards to technical and creative projects at The Orbies February 21st, ORBIT Lab gathered more than 100 students, staff and representatives from the industry for the award ceremony event The Orbies. Here, engineering students presented their projects from the past semester, and a panel of judges from the industry awarded Orbie statuettes to the best projects. Best Pitch: Aarhus Harbour Bath – Rasmus Hemmingsen, Nicklas Nielsen and Anders Meidahl At the recently opened Harbour Bath in Aarhus, a maximum of 650 visitors are allowed. To prevent visitor overload, the Municipality of Aarhus have placed four security guards near the entrances. These guards are responsible for keeping count of visitors. As this presents obvious challenges, the Municipality has requested an IoT solution to replace the current system. The…
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ORBIT Lab’s 1-year anniversary

ORBIT Lab’s 1-year anniversary

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Just before the Christmas break, we celebrated ORBIT Lab’s first official year in operation. Reaching this milestone as well as starting a new year, is a great occasion to reflect on some of the things we have achieved in the past year.    Tech events and other activities in ORBIT Lab In ORBIT Lab we facilitate a wide array of activities, events and projects based on the most recent digital technologies, such as Internet of Things, cloud computing, machine learning as well as virtual and augmented reality. For the past year, we’ve hosted more than 30 tech-centered events with the purpose of increasing knowledge and awareness about new technologies as well as strengthening the entrepreneurial mindset of the community. The topics for past events have included quantum computing, native iOS…
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Cross-platform technologies

Cross-platform technologies

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Cross-platform technologies By Henrik Kirk I have spent the summer looking at some of the different cross-platform technologies currently available when developing mobile applications. So first of all, let us look at why you should consider choosing a cross-platform technology instead of developing a native mobile application and utilizing all the new features available in the native frameworks. Advantages of cross-platform development time and cost are probably the two main drivers that push companies and developers to consider cross-platform development. With a cross-platform framework in place, the business, for the most part, only has one code base to develop and one place to fix bugs, which could reduce development time, and thereby cost, significantly. Notice that some of the frameworks I highlight below are quite new, and therefore you may…
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ORBIT MediaLab Introduction

ORBIT MediaLab Introduction

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We have prepared a little treat for ORBIT Lab members, available from the coming semester. As many of you know, we have a dedicated room for VR development, with an HTC Vive Pro dangling from the ceiling, powered by the Rolls Royce of Alienware computers. Now we also have a dedicated lab for content creation. We have chosen to call it MediaLab, since this is the place where you can create all the content you need to promote your products on all media, and where you can create amazing looking material for your reports and portfolio. In (and around) the MediaLab is the following equipment (some of it has to be borrowed through ORMS): Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III camera with a 12-60mm Panasonic Lumix Lens. This camera can take…
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Summer Holiday Reading List: The Perfect Books to Bring to the Beach, Bed or Bar

Summer Holiday Reading List: The Perfect Books to Bring to the Beach, Bed or Bar

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We, The ORBIT team, know that during your high-paced semesters you do not have enough time to read as much as you would want. This is where your summer vacation comes in handy - an opportunity to chill or travel with some nice reading material. Some of these books help you reflect on the knowledge gained during courses, and some others prepare you for the unknown. Here is a list that we suggest engineering students to read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  - Stephen Covey Educational book in how to live life effectively and get closer to the ideal of being a ‘success’ in life. Link to AU Library: https://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/au/?locale=en#/search?query=recordID:"sb_6167573" The Four Hour Chef  - Tim Ferriss Almost a cookbook for engineers, who daily go through the process of simplifying, complicated…
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Entrepreneurship (Pilot) Camp

Entrepreneurship (Pilot) Camp

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Entrepreneurship and innovative processes are key skills for any engineering professional working with problem-solving in technology development, production, consulting, case management etc. These concepts have become crucial to the success of millennials in the job market. The Entrepreneurship (Pilot) Camp introduced the main concepts in the field and it aimed to equip participants with the right set of means to enable individual/team empowerment, self-sufficiency, and sustainable development of your projects/ideas. Outcomes of the Entrepreneurship (Pilot) Camp can be listed as: • Tools to strengthen the entrepreneurial mindset. • Fast track test your study/course/thesis project - make it a potential entrepreneurial concept. • Get to know the student incubator opportunities at the faculty of Science and Technology. • Grab the opportunity to meet with students from different disciplines. • Enjoy the…
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Object recognition, detection and tracking…

Object recognition, detection and tracking…

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For some years now I have been using the terms object recognition, object detection and object tracking interchangeably as if they described the same concept or class of algorithms. This bad habit or lack of knowledge even seeped into my naming conventions for classes and methods, when developing software. In the back of my head I knew that recognition, detection and tracking had to be separate concepts, but I never took the time to look them up and correct myself. Until recently, when I accidentally stumbled upon a distinction between the three concepts while browsing the internet. In this article I will treat object recognition, object detection and object tracking on a conceptual level and describe how they all differ from and relate to each other, and so I will…
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What is Industry 4.0?

What is Industry 4.0?

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The number 4 stands for the 4th industrial revolution. To understand how we got here, we need to back up a bit. The 1st industrial revolution came about when mechanical machines were invented which harnsessed water and steam power. They took over manual labor from humans and animals in the factories and on the roads with the introduction of trains. The 2nd industrial revolution came about with the invention of electricity. Machines running on electricity took over from steam and water powered machines. Along came the assembly line and mass production. Then came the 3rd industrial revolution with the invention of programmable computers and robots that automized even more manual labor in the factories and digitalized paper work. Finally we are at the brink of the 4th industrial revolution. The…
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Usability gone (horribly) wrong

Usability gone (horribly) wrong

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We use various things everyday to get by, from toothbrushes to smartphones to microwaves. Usability is about making these things that we surround ourselves with easy to use, reducing the amount of thinking we have to do and thus the opportunity for making mistakes. Usability design principles can be applied during the design of all kinds of things, digital and analog.  Bad usability design can lead to dangerous, sometimes fatal, mistakes. Below I've described a few examples of some funny, fatal and all-time bad usability designs. Palm Beach election and the butterfly ballot Who would have known that bad usability design could throw an election? Well, some people believe that is just what happened at Palm Beach election in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. Buchanan received an unusual amount of…
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