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ET 65

THU Sept. 7-SUN Sept. 10, 2017, 10:00 AM-7:30 PM
MON Sept. 11, 2017, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
POSTCITY, Courtyard

Wacker Neuson (AT), Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT)

Driving a six-ton earthmover using only the power of your mind or your eyes? What seems like science fiction has been made a true-to-life fact by the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s joint venture with Wacker Neuson, a manufacturer of heavy-duty construction equipment.

Outfitted with cutting-edge BCI and eye-tracking technology, visitors of all ages can maneuver an ET 65 track-driven earthmover and operate its 7-meter-long excavator arm. The partners’ innovative research approaches are developing alternative digital control possibilities. What they’ve come up with here is an impressive simulation prefiguring a future in which humans and machines will move and be moved much differently than today.

The ET 65 will be featured at the Mobile Ö1 Atelier. This year’s design by any:time, the Linz-based architectural firm, makes use of reusable industrial IBC containers.