#Everyday Life

Directly to your door!
Engineering
Directly to your door!
Billions of letters and parcels are sent every year. To do this, the deliverers rely on state-of-the-art machines and digital technologies. A look into the gears of global logistics chains.
November 2021
I want to ride my bike
In Motion
I want to ride my bike
A classic is turning into the spearhead of urban mobility transformation: the bicycle.
October 2021
Smarter living
Future Life
Smarter living
Time is in scarce supply – all the more reason to use it efficiently. These tricks help you make more time for yourself on the job and after hours.
September 2021
Less chain, more flexibility
In Motion
Less chain, more flexibility
Neither chain, nor shaft, nor belt - Schaeffler presented the "Bike-by-Wire" system Free Drive as an innovative solution for bicycles at Eurobike 2021 in Friedrichshafen.
September 2021
All work and (some) play
Digital
All work and (some) play
After nearly twenty years of spectacular robot development and the third change in ownership, Boston Dynamics is now aiming to break even with an initial product.
April 2021
Smarter living for seniors
Future Life
Smarter living for seniors
Scientists are working at full stretch on the development of robots for everyday life and technical systems to keep an aging society agile for as long as possible.
April 2021
Ingenious misses
In Motion
Ingenious misses
The history books of technology are full of misunderstood inventions. Not all of them were bad, but some of them just hit the market at the wrong time.
December 2020
The mastermind
Future Life
The mastermind
Gyro Gearloose is the innovative mastermind in Disney’s Duckburg universe. As we’re seeing today, many of his inventions were definitely those of a true visionary. But read for yourself …
December 2020
Learning for a complex world
Future Life
Learning for a complex world
An innovation-driven world changes all of our lives. Here are five areas education and training should focus on to prepare people for the new digital knowledge society.
December 2020
Off to new shores
In Motion
Off to new shores
Acting with consistency, thinking with agility, responding with flexibility. These globetrotters have mastered the art of planning as perfectly as the art of adaptation.
April 2021
Smart lines
Digital
Smart lines
Practically all products today have their own identifier: a barcode. A beep and the checkout terminal knows the article’s name, its price, its tax rate and more, thanks to some black and white bars.
December 2019
Lucky coincidences
Future Life
Lucky coincidences
Pursuing a clear goal ... and discovering or inventing something totally different. This is referred to as serendipity. Legendary examples from laminated glass to Viagra.
March 2020
Rethinking the world of work
Future Life
Rethinking the world of work
Developing increasingly sophisticated products at a continually accelerating pace – this can only be achieved with agile organizational structures. “New Work” is the new fitness formula for companies.
December 2019
Neo jobs in the world of tomorrow
Future Life
Neo jobs in the world of tomorrow
Artificial intelligence, quantum physics and robotics will dramatically change our world this century. Some jobs will disappear while others will emerge. This is what such neo jobs might look like.
December 2019
Let’s talk about future
Future Life
Let’s talk about future
Digital technology is changing the future of our working world. For industrial sociologist Martin Krzywdzinski, algorithms and machines neither pose a threat to humanity nor they are ultimate saviors.
December 2019
Inner drive
In Motion
Inner drive
The working world has seen constant change in hundreds of thousands of years. By contrast, this cannot be said for a major reason why we work.
December 2019
Grandpa’s Journey to the Moon
Engineering
Grandpa’s Journey to the Moon
The future was never brighter and enthusiasm for technology never greater than during the brief period between the eve of the 20th century and the outbreak of the First World War.
November 2019
In the heart of Hertz
In Motion
In the heart of Hertz
In his thriller “Blackout,” Marc Elsberg describes the collapse of civilization within just a few days due to catastrophic failure of the power grids. How vulnerable are modern societies?
September 2019
Homo sapiens 2.0
Future Life
Homo sapiens 2.0
Das Gehirn goes online.
September 2019
Hidden champions of botany
Future Life
Hidden champions of botany
Inconspicuous plants with natural superpowers might soon help us stop famines, the destructive overexploitation of raw materials or climate change. Here are five examples.
September 2019
Out of office
Future Life
Out of office
It doesn't always have to be a desk. These ten people have a slightly different workplace.
December 2019
Rising to the Challenge
In Motion
Rising to the Challenge
Clogged roads and railroads at their capacity limits – the conquest of airspace may help decongest traffic on the ground. Vertical mobility using drones is a promising complement to the portfolio.
April 2019
Integrative innovations
In Motion
Integrative innovations
Living with a disability entails major challenges – modern technology can assist in managing them. But even people not challenged by disabilities can benefit from such innovations.
September 2019
Heroes with superspeed
Digital
Heroes with superspeed
Superheroes and their superpowers: When it comes to acceleration, Superman, Flash & company push the boundaries of imagination. “tomorrow” shows what high-speed rides these heroes are capable of.
December 2018
Stop!
Future Life
Stop!
Who in the world wound the clock? That’s a legitimate question. Although, due to technological progress, we have more time than ever before it seems to be passing faster and faster.
December 2018
Tokyo 24h
In Motion
Tokyo 24h
What’s it like to live in the world’s biggest city as a foreigner? Andreas Neuenkirchen, an author of numerous books, has been living in Tokyo since 2016. For “tomorrow” he captured a typical day.
July 2018
No brave new worlds
Future Life
No brave new worlds
The city in science fiction stories rarely lifts the reader’s spirits. In most sci-fi novels, people are living in cramped conditions of dirty megacities instead of picking flowers on Mars. But why?
July 2018
The long road to the modern city
In Motion
The long road to the modern city
The urbanization of the world began 10,000 years ago. Since then, humans have been trying to master the challenges it entails. A brief tour of urban development history.
July 2018
The subtle difference
Engineering
The subtle difference
Are men interested in machines and women are not? Before this question provokes a public outcry, it’s worth taking a look at a few statistics and the changes that are currently taking place.
December 2017
On the move
In Motion
On the move
In countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia more than 80 percent of all households use two-wheeled vehicles to satisfy their mobility needs – reason enough to take a closer look.
September 2017
Connecting links
Engineering
Connecting links
They take us across rivers and valleys, connect city districts and cross other roads – whenever motion might be obstructed, bridges pave the way – like these prime examples of their kind.
September 2017
Energy – The engine of progress
In Motion
Energy – The engine of progress
The development of humanity is inseparably tied to the amount of energy we’re able to generate and consume. A brief history of human energy consumption in five chapters.
April 2017