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From KNOW-HOW to WOW

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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.

Silicon carbide: efficiency booster for e-mobility

In our new episode of “From KNOW-HOW to WOW”, we are talking about change — which is often exciting, but rarely frictionless. Our e-mobility experts Bruno Schuster and Jan Alsmeier, who works in process management, explain why they swapped silicon for silicon carbide in semiconductor production. Spoiler alert: this was a pretty challenging change. In any case, it could be a true leap forward in e-mobility technology because tiny amounts of silicon carbide in an electric car can have a big impact on the vehicle’s weight and energy efficiency. To learn more about the material, we also take you to space: Siddharth Tiwari from the German Start-up Tiwari Instruments explains why silicon carbide also has a lot of potential for satellites and telescopes. ...and speaking of change: this is also the first episode of our new co-host Shuko. Will there be any friction between her and Geoff? ;-) We’ll find out!

Collage of three Bosch researchers thinking about new technology

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Trailer

Welcome to the Bosch Global podcast! Get to know our resident show hosts Melena and Geoff in this trailer. In each show, they will meet first-class tech experts taking you on a deep-dive into their smart world. Be curious. Be wowed!

Collage of three Bosch researchers thinking about new technology
Bosch reasearcher Sam Das with SoundSee device

SoundSee technology

SoundSee technology

This episode is all about sound — more specifically about seeing with sound. Three guests share insights with how they use sound in their daily lives to overcome vastly different challenges. Our journey takes us into the depths of crime, into the heights of flying — and even into space, where Bosch technology is listening for malfunctions…

Bosch reasearcher Sam Das with SoundSee device
Graphic showing a man sitting behind the steering wheel in a car and looking at the innovative virtual sun visor from Bosch.

Virtual Visor: safe eyes, safe lifes

Virtual Visor: safe eyes, safe lifes

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.

Graphic showing a man sitting behind the steering wheel in a car and looking at the innovative virtual sun visor from Bosch.
Bosch experts Emma Abel and Richard Fix in the background. In front of them you can see a graphic of a MEMS Sensor.

MEMS — with all (technical) senses

MEMS — with all (technical) senses

What is smaller than your pinky finger nail but packs a big punch? The answer: Microelectromechanical systems or MEMS sensors. In this episode, our hosts Melena and Geoff will focus on one of the most interesting MEMS: the rotation sensor or gyroscope.

Bosch experts Emma Abel and Richard Fix in the background. In front of them you can see a graphic of a MEMS Sensor.
Graphic showing Bosch researcher Martin Schulz with Vivalytic test devices

Covid-19: reliably test results with Vivalytic in 39 minutes

Covid-19: reliably test results with Vivalytic in 39 minutes

One of the keys to fighting the coronavirus pandemic is to rapidly identify sources of infection. This episode of “From Know-how to wow” introduces you to Vivalytic, a universal platform for molecular laboratory diagnostics that allows to test a wide variety of samples and to perform fully automated analytical procedures within a very short timeframe.

Graphic showing Bosch researcher Martin Schulz with Vivalytic test devices
Graphic with Bosch experts Markus Ohnmacht and Tobias Beck and the Solid Oxile Fuel Cell (SOFC).

Fuel cells: space age tech down to earth

Fuel cells: space age tech down to earth

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. And for the techie stuff, Mike also explains why space engineers rely on fuel cells to power space shuttles, while the 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.

Graphic with Bosch experts Markus Ohnmacht and Tobias Beck and the Solid Oxile Fuel Cell (SOFC).
Graphic with Bosch experts Joachim Frangen and Zico Kolter and the new Bosch technology “Planatix”.

Hoverboards — the tech behind levitation

Hoverboards — the tech behind levitation

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…

Graphic with Bosch experts Joachim Frangen and Zico Kolter and the new Bosch technology “Planatix”.
Bosch associates Khagendra Tapa and Harald Moschütz, standing behind a Bosch washing machine.

Tech for climate

Tech for climate

What can you, what can everyone contribute when it comes to protecting our planet? How could technology help us live a more sustainable 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. 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.

Bosch associates Khagendra Tapa and Harald Moschütz, standing behind a Bosch washing machine.
Bosch associates Kaustubh Ghandi and Thomas Nilsson with the AI fitness tracker

AI fitness tracker — beating the “coronatine”

AI fitness tracker — beating the “coronatine”

This episode makes Melena and Geoff sweat, training not only their muscles to beat the “coronatine” but their Bosch fitness trackers as well. The world’s first self-learning AI sensor for wearable tech 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 Bosch 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.

Bosch associates Kaustubh Ghandi and Thomas Nilsson with the AI fitness tracker
Bosch researcher Liu Ren looking at a data visualization with icons flying around him.

Visual Analytics — what’s in the box?

Visual Analytics — what’s in the box?

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. Bosch uses the power of visuals in order to create safer and more robust Artificial Intelligence.

Bosch researcher Liu Ren looking at a data visualization with icons flying around him.
Bosch researchers Andreas Merz and Thomas Buck with a microphone for siren detection.

Siren detection, or: why cars need ears

Siren detection, or: why cars need ears

Nee-naw. Pin-pon. Tatü-Tata — how many sirens can you recognize? If you were a fan of the emergency vehicle as a child then you will have no problem naming a few, but the variations across the World make it a trickier quiz! This episode of From KNOW-HOW to WOW is all about the sound of sirens - and how Bosch researchers Andreas Merz and Thomas Buck equip cars with ears, figuratively speaking, in order to recognize sirens on the road. You’ll learn why that’s both necessary and surprisingly difficult to accomplish. Another guest on the show: science journalist Andreas von Bubnoff of the Pandemic Silence Project. He demonstrates the impact of sounds on how we perceive our environment, and how lockdowns during the pandemic have changed the sound of the world. And now: listen up! Wee-woo-wee-woo.

Bosch researchers Andreas Merz and Thomas Buck with a microphone for siren detection.
In this collage, Bosch project manager Otto Graf and software architect Enrico Neuber look at an oversized 300mm wafer. In the foreground is a photo of the new Bosch Wafer Fab in Dresden.

Factory of the future PART I: How to build one of the cleanest places on Earth

Factory of the future PART I: How to build one of the cleanest places on Earth

On June 7, 2021, Bosch opens our new 300mm wafer fab in Dresden, where the chips for tomorrow’s mobility will be made. This factory sets new standards for software and technology: It’s fully automated, uses augmented reality, AI, IoT and is probably one of the cleanest places in the world. Why? Because wafers are divas: They are so sensitive that they have to be manufactured in a dust-free environment. And that’s why at the heart of the wafer fab, there’s a clean room measuring 10,000 square meters, that is virtually free of any dust. We hear from the fab’s project manager, Otto Graf, about how this has been accomplished, why digitalization plays a key role in it, and how all this relates to dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. Listen to find out for yourself!

In this collage, Bosch project manager Otto Graf and software architect Enrico Neuber look at an oversized 300mm wafer. In the foreground is a photo of the new Bosch Wafer Fab in Dresden.
In this collage, Bosch software architect Enrico Neuber is in the foreground with his laptop. In the background, you can see the new Bosch wafer fab from Dresden, wrapped in AI code.

Factory of the future PART 2: meet the digital twin

Factory of the future PART 2: meet the digital twin

In part two of our “factory of the future” special, we dive into the world of data that lies beneath Bosch’s new wafer fab in Dresden. In addition to being one of the most modern wafer fabs in the world, it’s also Bosch’s first AIoT factory. And the fab has also got a digital twin! Solution architect Enrico Neuber joins us to explain what it means to build a data-centric factory and how AI will help find the important bits of information in a giant lake of data. Enrico also helps us understand how data and AI play a crucial role in solving the challenges of producing chips (ranging from automation in the clean room to high product standards), and why Bosch's billion Euro factory is a vital investment for future mobility.

In this collage, Bosch software architect Enrico Neuber is in the foreground with his laptop. In the background, you can see the new Bosch wafer fab from Dresden, wrapped in AI code.
DE: Formula E-Rennfahrer Nico Müller und Bosch-Ingenieur Christian Schimpitz stehen hinter einem Rennauto vom Rennstall Dragon/Penske Autosport. Im Vordergrund ist die Vehicle Conrol Unit von Bosch zu sehen. EN: Formula E racing driver Nico Müller and Bosch engineer Christian Schimpitz stand behind a race car from the Dragon/Penske Autosport racing team. The Vehicle Conrol Unit from Bosch can be seen in the foreground.

Formula E: achieving a high degree of efficiency

Formula E: achieving a high degree of efficiency

Pedal to the metal, folks! Join us at the race tracks of the world’s most vibrant cities, where the energy is electric and the vehicles too. We meet with Nico Müller, racing car driver from Dragon / Penske Autosport Formula E Team. Bosch works with them, providing technology, software and support for their electric race car. And at the brain of this race car is the vehicle control unit (VCU), which not only controls individual functions and the sensors, but also ensures maximum energy recovery rates. And what our engineers learn here, can be taken straight to our own cars back home. Bosch associate Christian Schimpitz tells us all about it.

DE: Formula E-Rennfahrer Nico Müller und Bosch-Ingenieur Christian Schimpitz stehen hinter einem Rennauto vom Rennstall Dragon/Penske Autosport. Im Vordergrund ist die Vehicle Conrol Unit von Bosch zu sehen. EN: Formula E racing driver Nico Müller and Bosch engineer Christian Schimpitz stand behind a race car from the Dragon/Penske Autosport racing team. The Vehicle Conrol Unit from Bosch can be seen in the foreground.
Bosch expert Sören Wittmann in front of the Aviotec fire detection camera observing a warehouse.

Video-based fire detection: Aviotec and the language of fire

Video-based fire detection: Aviotec and the language of fire

This episode revolves around fire. Specifically, how to detect and fight them. Firefighter Shan Raffel is a true luminary. He teaches Melena and Geoff the language of fire. Bosch expert Soeren Wittmann also teaches how to read fire, but instead of firefighters, he smartens up security cameras. His team has enabled a camera system to visually recognize fire and smoke. It outperforms other fire detection devices in speed and is particularly superior in buildings with high ceilings. Multiple algorithms are involved with the detection, feeding an artificial intelligence system for alarm decisions. The next camera generation will also be equipped with a deep learning model. With all this intelligence, Aviotec is much more than video-based fire detection.

Bosch expert Sören Wittmann in front of the Aviotec fire detection camera observing a warehouse.
Bosch senior delivery manager Dinh Thi Kim Thoa in front of a breast milk scooter delivery service called Milky Way.

Milky Way — nurturing the stars of the future

Milky Way — nurturing the stars of the future

Pop quiz: what does the term “Milky Way” make you think of? Probably many things, like the galaxy or a candy bar, but what about breast milk? Or even IoT? Believe it or not, in the story of our new podcast episode of From KNOW-HOW to WOW these have more in common than you’d think: “Many mothers in Vietnam are facing the challenge of squaring their work with the wish to keep breastfeeding beyond maternity leave,” says Bosch senior delivery manager Dinh Thi Kim Thoa. That’s why she and her team in Ho Chi Minh City have developed Milky Way, a breast milk delivery service between the mother’s workplace and the baby’s daycare. The solution is based on a cooling box with smart Bosch sensor technology. A combined humidity, temperature and pressure sensor helps ensure both the freshness and safety of the milk. Bosch expert Thomas Block will share countless intriguing details about this 2.5 mm small Sensortec wonder.

Bosch senior delivery manager Dinh Thi Kim Thoa in front of a breast milk scooter delivery service called Milky Way.

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