Through TechWorks' Boston Innovation Centre in the USA, Jurgens dreams of bringing the kinds of robots that operate in space to Earth. These would to work in off-shore applications, underground and in exploration roles.
Another area Shell is deploying the outside-in approach of open innovation is with seismic surveys – the kind looking for natural gas. Each of these surveys produce vast amounts of data – up to ten terabytes – that needs to be crunched. But it's also useful to visualise it. "We're talking with companies in the gaming industry and also specialists in Hollywood," says Jurgens.
Robots searching for gas, game designers visualising seismic data, and an energy giant supporting startups? Sounds like Shell's open innovation platform is on to something.
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