Grenoble, already a mecca for many of the world’s top engineers and scientists, now has yet another attraction for technology enthusiasts.
A showroom on the ground floor of MINATEC’s Integrative Industries building is quickly becoming a must-see stop for those interested in the new technology being developed by Leti and its fellow CEA organization Liten, the Laboratory of Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials.
The CEA’s Technological Research Division (DRT) opened the 800 m2 facility last year to raise awareness of the two research organizations’ work. The showroom also is intended to foster new partnerships, collaborations, and interdisciplinary communications between academia and industry by disseminating information about Leti’s and Liten’s new technologies and innovations.
Half of the showroom’s space is dedicated to the “upstream” phase of the innovation process, including R&D, design, and prototyping. Through audio, video, and physical displays, the exhibits housed there emphasize creative approaches to innovation, including the use of social and human sciences to improve user experiences.
The facility’s other half is dedicated to realizing the value of DRT-sponsored technologies through their transfer to industry. This space features 20 themed areas as well as some 50 demonstrations illustrating the use of tomorrow’s technologies in the areas of health, housing, mobility, and energy.
-Industrial partners such as Total, SNCF, Areva, Atmel, Petzl
-Institutional partners such as the Ministry of Defence, IHEST, the Ambassador of Finland, the General Council of Isère and the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council
-Research partners such as ANR, Ifremer and Digital Agency
-The public during visits organised by the communications department of VEA Grenoble and the Maison des Micro et Nano Technologies