An airship "swims" through the air
The non-rigid airship, "Blimp" is an excellent example of a demonstration project with which Empa enthuses potential industrial partners for its new technologies. The artificial muscles which propel the airship soundlessly and very efficiently through the atmosphere, like a trout swimming in a stream, are a worldwide novelty
"Clean" cleaner hydrogen-powered
The street sweeper is a world premiere. It is the first street cleaning vehicle that runs only on hydrogen. For four years, Empa staff were working "at this" clean street cleaner. It is now being put through18 months of testing in everyday use.
Artificial muscles for the camera phone
A mobile phone with muscles? This is the redevelopment of the ETH spin-off "Optotune" in the Technology of Empa. Novel optical lenses that can change with the aid of electro-active polymers - "artificial muscles" - continuously change its focal length. It could replace the standard digital zoom, in two to three years on the market.
A well-digestible golf ball made with bioplastics
A golf ball, that can be eaten by cows and digested without a stomach ache? Maybe. From a rather unusual idea has Empa scientists developed an organic golf ball. This consists of bioplastics, which is produced with the help of bacteria in the bioreactor - and that is biodegradable
The nanosciences are considered a key technology for our industrial future. Only a detailed understanding of the behavior of atoms and molecules makes that future possible. In order to observe molecules and the nanocosmos Empa researchers are developing a variety of high-tech metrology devices.