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The system designed by two EPFL students to save time and provide greater peace of mind, has already been tested by several home-care providers.© 2019 EPFL

A smart speaker helps care for the elderly at home

— Two students from EPFL have developed a smart speaker with voice-activation technology that connects patients directly to their loved ones as well as caregivers and emergency services. The system, designed to save time and provide greater peace of mind, has already been tested by several home-care providers.

HydroContest EPFL Team took first place in the nautical competition with its lightweight boat.©Robin Amacher

EPFL's lightweight boat wins the 2019 HydroContest

— This weekend in Yverdon, the HydroContest EPFL Team took first place in the nautical competition with its lightweight boat, second place in endurance, and third place in speed with its heavyweight boat.

EPFL researchers will explain the cutting-edge work they’re doing. ©Alain Herzog

EPFL marks its 50th anniversary with a two-day open house

— EPFL will open its doors to the public on 14–15 September as it celebrates its 50th year as a federal institute of technology. This exceptional event is also designed to be fully sustainable: zero cars, zero plastic and zero waste.

EPFSens team © Alain Herzog/ 2019 EPFL

A biosensor to help rheumatoid arthritis patients

— This Friday, 30 August, a team of EPFL students will take part in the SensUs competition at the Eindhoven University of Technology. This year’s challenge is to develop a biosensor that can quickly measure concentrations in patients’ blood plasma of adalimumab. The main active ingredient of one of the best-selling drugs in the world, which can have harmful side effects.

Anne-Lise Dequenne (UNIL), Yael Sidler & Nadia El-Hindi (ECAL) & Theo Denisart (EPFL) of the Akane team © Marius Aeberli

Expanding prototyping camp creates 'safe environment for failure'

— The China Hardware Innovation Camp, in which students from EPFL and other schools work together to create connected devices, is easily taken for a tech accelerator or incubator. In fact, its emphasis on learning from mistakes, rather than selling a product, is the program’s greatest strength.

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