Archive for April, 2008

Next stop: Cote d’Azur.

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

After a quite busy last week, the upcoming one, will be exciting as well. I’m heading for Monaco (WIMA). I’m actually giving a talk there in conjunction with the Nokia Forum presenting a new product (so tune in!). Besides that I do have the honor to chair the technical track as well as presenting one of our NFC projects during the in context of the NFC Forum Global Competition.

By the way: On May 1st the Wakeboard Saison 2008 starts at JetLake. Cu there!

FameLab Finalist

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The British Council Austria is looking for the “new face of science” and thus they setup the FameLab Competition. After two initial rounds, ten austrian researchers qualified for the final round.

The final audition is taken place in the technical museum of Vienna on April 26th, 2008 starting at 19.00. In case you would like to join the show just send an email to to reserve your seats. There is no entrance fee. Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna – cross your fingers!


Follow-up (I): My Audio-Cast is already online – Please pass by and give my our vote. (Please do not use automated voting tools, in order to have a fair competition. Thank you).

Follow-up (II): Unfortunately I didn’t win. But anyway, the final audition in the Technical Museum/Vienna was a great show and I recommend everyone participating in FameLab 2009

Der Standard (link, online)
Der Standard (download png)
Show Reel (Quick-Time MOV)

Home, sweet home

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

My brother Alex and his family are working hard on finishing their now home. Enjoy some photos of the current state of construction. At the moment all the outside work is finished (besides the garden). They are planing to move into the house at the end of may.

Global Shading

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Today I came cross a very interesting article dedicated to the clima change. At Spiegel-Online you can find this interesting article dealing with Global Shadding. So, what is global shading? A lot of studies dealing with the clima change in the world, base on the fact that carbon dioxide is destroying the invisible ozone layer of the atomosphere. This results in more ultraviolet radiation hitting the earth. Thus our world warms up. A phenomon also known as the greenhouse effect.

The theory (or fact?) of global shading says that with the pollution (CO2) also a lot of aerosols are transfered into the atmosphere and result in refelcting these dangerous ultraviolet rays. Due to now technologies that filter the aerosols (e.g particulate matter) out of the emissions, there are less aerosols in the atmosphere and hence less uv rays are reflected. The effect: raising temperatures. To sum up: “by accident” we decelerated the processes of gobal warming by emitting a hugh amount of dust with our emissions. By finishing now this thought: The greenhouse effect might already be worth than expected, but is slowed down by the dust in our emssions.

The home of Porsche

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

The last few days I spent in Baden-Würthenberg, Tübingen. Tübingen itself is a quite small town (85K people) with lots of Universities. There I joined the 8. Krypto-Tag and gave a talk about a part of my PhD thesis with the focus on NFC ecosystems also presented at the Sicherheit 2008.

On my way home I stopped in Stuttgart, the home town of two of the most famous brands in the automotive industry: Porsche and Daimler (former Daimler-Chrysler). Whereas Daimler has already it’s own Mercedes-Benz Museum, the Porsche Family will finishes theirs this year. There was actually a quite interesting article on the Porsche Museum in the Stuttgarter Zeitung on Friday, 11th.

However, at the moment it looks like every car manufacturer needs such a prestigious building in order to show how much money they make out of cars. Arriving in Stuttgart Central Station via train, you an already see the Mercedes-Benz Museum from the train overtopping all the other buildings. The architecture of the Mercedes Benz World is – from my point of view – gorgeous. The construction has the shape of a double-helix. Similar to the BMW Welt in Munich, it is not straight, but looks organic. The upcoming Porsche museum is designed oppositional: straight lines, clear shapes and wide planar faces. Thus it actually fits the Porsche design.

Nevertheless I enjoy the Coop/Himmelb(l)au style of buildings (they are actually based Vienna). Besides the BMW Welt they also won the pitch for the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. One of the most popular Projects in Austria implemented by CHB is the Gasometer B (Vienna). It looks like the building leans against another on. It also could be some kind of “shield” protecting the old, renovated Gasometers. When looking at the models and designs of CHB, you might wonder: “Is this building upside down?”.

Other organic design’s like Norman Fosters building for the Suisse-Re (world largest reassurance company; “Gherkin”) give the buildings a new right to exist in the world of sky scrapers. It is not their height that is important, it is the ideas that combine form and function in an new way like never before.

Mercdes Benz Museum, StuttgartBMW Welt, MünchenGasometer B, WienSuiss-Re, LondonPorsche Museum, StuttgartPorsche Museum, Stuttgart

Both, Forster and CBH also handed in proposal for the new WTC. But finally Daniel Libeskind won the pitch with his idea of the freedom tower for the skyline of New York. A comprehensive article on New York’s Building activity could be found here (in German).

PS: if you are near Suttgart you have to go to Metzingen: it offers a huge variety of outlets stores like Boss, D&B, CK … – shop until you drop; the prices are worth going there, if you need a suite.

Nominee! (again ;-) Going to Monaco …

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Well, it looks like I should open a startup or something like that. This is now the third time in three months that the SmartDoorBell was nominated as a Finalist in an NFC Contest (SIMagine, NFC Competition Austria and now NFC Forum Global Competition). Are you interested and would you like to invest some money? Just drop me a line ;-)


Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Last week I attended the “Internet-of-Things” Conference in Zürich. Besides a great conference meeting lots of people from the community, I toke the opportunity to see my friends from Princeton again. Also enjoy the pics from my walk thru Zürich.

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