A*STAR launches FusionWorld, where many of its innovative technologies and innovations can now be viewed
FusionWorld, an interactive and multi-sensory showcase gallery of more than 60 technologies from seven of A*STAR's research institutes, is now open! Officially launched by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Singapore's Minister of State for Trade and Industry, the opening of FusionWorld on 20 October 2008 at Fusionopolis drew more than 200 guests from the industry. The guests toured a 700 square-metre smart environment segregated into five zones - home, enterprise, medical, transportation and lounge.
Said Mr Lee Yi Shyan, "FusionWorld illustrates how excellence in R&D and innovation can transform our home and office environment into a smart environment. It also brings us back to the point that in spite of the prevailing economic uncertainties, we should continue to invest in R&D. This allows us to enhance our core strengths and sustain future growth and progress."
To enhance R&D by demonstrating how companies can leverage A*STAR's technologies to develop new products, markets and business models is a chief aim of FusionWorld. Said Professor Chong Tow Chong, Executive Director of A*STAR's Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), "FusionWorld aims to be a conduit for technologies and innovations to the industry and marketplace. We hope by presenting technologies in the context of their applications, it will be much easier for our researchers to understand complex issues in bringing innovations to the market. This will in turn strengthen our collaborations with our industry partners in developing and deploying technologies for their businesses."
The gallery features both upstream and downstream innovations. Upstream technologies illustrated in prototypes are in their early stages of R&D development and thus have wide potential to be developed into many other applications for various industry verticals. Downstream technologies are ready inventions currently applied in the industry.
One of the technologies showcased at FusionWorld is the Brain Computer Interface, which is developed to help detect the intents of stroke patient when they are attempting to perform specific tasks. The same technique is being applied to help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to shut out distractions and focus on the task at hand. The researchers developed a racing game in which the players move their cars around a racetrack just by concentrating on the action, meaning that if they get distracted, the cars will come to standstill. A*STAR's researchers have collaborated with Institute of Mental Health and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School on testing the efficacy of this game in helping children with ADHD to improve their concentration power; so far, the test results have been promising.
To be updated every six months, FusionWorld's integrated display of cutting-edge R&D will continue to showcase A*STAR's science and engineering capabilities encompassing data storage, materials research and engineering, high performance computing, infocomm research, microelectronics and manufacturing technology. And besides inspiring collaborations with industry, FusionWorld also caters to students, serving as an educational platform to inspire passion for science and technology among Singapore youths.
Admission to FusionWorld is free; schools and companies can write in to book tours at email@example.com or visit http://www.fusionworld.sg/ for more information. After the tour, if a company indicates that it would like to explore further collaboration on any specific areas or adopt a certain technology from A*STAR, FusionWorld staff will contact A*STAR's technology commercialisation arm, Exploit Technologies, to take the discussion to the next level.
Last Updated on 14 October 2009