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From: Michael Shear >
Date: April 25, 2016 at 11:20:21 AM GMT+2
To: "Gabriel, Brian A. Jr. EOP/WHO" >
Subject: Travel Pool Report #4 — More detail on fair
POTUS entered the vast hall where the various companies had huge booths demonstrating their wares. Think Vegas and the CES, but in German, and with industrial tech instead of consumer tech.
Here are the booths he went to, with a little color from each:
THE FIRST WAS THE AMERICAN BOOTHS:
There was a sign that said: Ohio is putting the "advanced" in advanced engineering.
"We are a great advanced manufacturing state"
they demonstrated a 3D printer they said was used by a lot of students, businesses
One of the items was a prosthetic hand
POTUS: "These three-D printers are becoming a lot more popular. And as you can see they're pretty compact"
POTUS: "You guys are doing a great job"
POTUS: "I might have to get one. When I get out of office in going to have a lot of time in my hands."
World Trade Center
They showed off the "gecko gripper" which mimics the technology of a gecko to allow people to pick up things in space without using any adhesive or force.
Done at the NASA at jet propulsion lab
When Ms. Merkel looked confused, POTUS said: "Hang on a sec, need to translate gecko."
POTUS: "The idea is that this would be used in space exclusively or does it have earthbound applications?"
The aswer was it does.
POTUS: "I'll be scaling walls sometime soon. It reminds me of Spider-Man."
The company Space Tango demonstrated a silver box designed to carry experiments on silicon chips or pharmaceuticals or other industiral design into space, on the international space station.
POTUS: "What is it that you can do in space with this instrument?"
POTUS: 'I'm a company...I can use this to test certain processes, the data will come back to me."
A young woman with a prosthetic leg in an athletic cyclist outfit presented a 3D printed prosthesis that she said offered better comfort, fit better and better performance.
She said she and autodesk, the company, worked for 1.5 years to develop it.
"Hopefully going to help me win medals in Rio," she said.
POTUS asked whether the software allows you to make quick adjustments. Right, she said.
POTUS: "You look very fit like you're ready to go."
THEN CAME THE GERMAN PAVILION
This company demonstrated a super fast charger for electric cars. During a coffee break they can charge a car so they can go 650 kilometers
Next to the demonstration was an almost life-sized Delorean mocked up to look like it was from Back to the Future.
POTUS: "It's a great movie, Back to the Future. I'll send Angela a DVD."
POTUS asked whether the connector was standardized and the ceo said that it was.
POTUS: "How pervasive are they?"
7000 plug in stations all over Germany.
This company demonstrated the smallest 3D camera in the world, can be used in cell phones etc
Demonstrated a picture from one of their cameras. It was in 3-d and it looked like a color coded heat map.
The CEO said it added a third dimension to cameras.
POTUS then put on a virtual reality goggles like the one made by Google for free, but it had "googly eyes" on the outside.
The CEO said POTUS could use the goggles and the camera to talk to his daughter virtually.
POTUS -- "It's a brave new world."
The CEO of Siemens demonstrated for POTUS how they can use software to quickly make design changes to a car.
POTUS: "This kind of tailored, individualized mmfg is becoming the norm."
At the end of the demonstration, POTUS was given two golf clubs designed with tthe softward. The name of the gold club is "Yes We Can."
POTUS: 'I'm going to teach Angela how to play."
THE POOL THEN HAD TO SKIP ONE OF THE BOOTHS THAT POTUS WAS AT
This company demonstrated a device to get information from electric motors The information helps them reduce energy consumption by 10 percent, the equivalent of 100 power plants.
POTUS stood by a yellow racing car as the CEO said that they made a mini computer that gets driver data and other crucial information from cars.
POTUS noticed that the CEO, his son and his wife were all wearing special shoes. "Are these the official shoes of the company? They are very nice." Your pooler had no way of seeing the shoes to describe them.
POTUS: "I might have to get a pair."
This company showed off some kind of robotic arm, including one that was set up to shoot a basketball into a hoop. But when POTUS asked for a demo, the CEO appeared to say that the basketballs were not allowed into the demo booth.
POTUS: "Where are the basketballs?
POTUS: "I woulda beat that robot in a second."
RITTA DAS SYSTEMS
This company showed a film that your pooler couldnt see about the company. It appeared to be a company that makes climate control devices and compressors.
Your pooler was then hustled back to the motorcade
Michael D. Shear
White House Correspondent
The New York Times