The electronical workspace is located at the sixth floor of the Philips building. “Products keep getting smaller, some electronical circuits aren't workable by hand because they are too small for the human eye. To make it workable people use a microscope. On this floor there are many tools to search for mistakes in the solder or in the circuits. Repairing these mistakes is a lot cheaper than making a whole new product or part.”
In the back of the room works an employee with a microscope. “Eventually this will be a sportwatch, even now it is incredibly small, but in the next phase it gets even smaller. First this tiny little part has to pass some sustainability tests.”
Products or techniques that don’t make it to the next phase are shelved. It can either be the market or the product. “Sometimes the technique works perfect, but there is no market. For example, WiFi, that’s a good technique. But imagine what would happen if no computer would support it. Then it is useless. We have developed quite a few techniques where we don’t have any applications for yet.” Rutten can’t show or tell something about these techniques: “Till they hit the market mum’s the word.”
Article written by e52.nl.