The national winners in the Work Environment category were Albrecht von Bülow, 20, Flavio Krug, 18, and Saeed Mohamad, 20, from Hesse. The three young researchers developed a new kind of lamp for white light that greatly extends the time available when creating plastic dental fillings (light-hardening composites).
Jugend forscht - Category Work Environment
Adapting the Work Environment to Workers
The focus of research in the Work Environment category is on improving work materials, workstations, and work processes so that they are optimally adapted to people’s needs. The key aspects here include occupational health and safety, occupational healthcare and ergonomics, labor law, and safety regulations. The aim is to improve conditions not only in the working world but also in homes and schools. In this context, work materials include everything from tools to sports equipment, toys, and aids for people with disabilities.
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Highlight Projects 2016
Augmented Reality Projector for Innovative Visual Marketing
Objects floating in midair that people want to grab but can’t, because the objects exist only virtually — this is the fascination of augmented reality (AR). It’s a fascination shared by Tobias Gerbracht, who would like to use such three-dimensional depictions of objects to create impressive marketing presentations at trade fair stands. AR usually requires the use of special glasses, but this is not the case with Gerbracht’s system. Instead, he developed a compact AR projector for which he has registered a patent. He uses this device to project a pre-computed hologram of an object onto a glass panel about the size of an average PC screen. This 3D depiction can be viewed from many angles. Gerbracht used special software and computing techniques in order to keep the design for the projector’s housing as compact as possible. He was successful — and he captured first prize in the Work Environment category in 2016.
Functional Support for Treatment of Periostitis of the Shin
Severe shin pain can be a sign of periostitis. This illness caused by excessive physical strain is common among athletes. Sophie Zentner, Olga Kireeva, and Jana Demant developed a new type of functional support that helps with the long-term physiotherapy treatment that is required for this condition. The support stabilizes and cools the leg and uses individual pressure points to implement a mechanical treatment that is normally carried out manually. The support is wrapped around the shin and affixed to it with a velcro fastener. It essentially consists of an aluminum splint and four long screws with skin-friendly silicone heads. The researchers used battery-powered Peltier elements to enable mobile cooling. These elements make it possible to maintain the recommended temperature of 4–8 °C. This invention captured the Special Prize in the Natural Sciences and Technology category in 2016.