I had time for a brief tour of downtown in Helsinki with Anna-Riikka Vuorikari-Antikainen of Okmetic, Jussi Tuovinen, vice president of R&D at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Anssi Blomqvist, product development manager at MEMS maker Murata Electronics Oy.
The Three Smiths, a famous statue by Felix Nylund unveiled in 1932 and sited outside the Stockmann department store in Helsinki city center. It is quite appropriate symbol of my trip as making MEMS is a modern equivalent of the blacksmiths art.
The Kappeli coffee house, which under a different name in the 19th century was a favorite watering hole for Jean Sibelius and where amid discussions between students and the great and the good of Helsinki the idea of an independent Finland was born, according to Jussi Tuovinen.
Looking out to the island that contains the Swedish fort across Helsinki harbor.
@Peter Clarke: nice slides, MEMS approaching $5.7B in a couple of years, it is not surprising that many countries are jumping to the arena.
What is the longer term plan for these efforts, beyond the R&D and prototyping? Where do they intend to manufacture?
Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing. The video of the robot cycler is interesting. But, doesn't it put his feet down? How does the bicycle remains vertical even when not pedaling? Does the robot include a gyroscope?