On the 17th of March, our office in Vienna was unusually crowded and maybe even more so — unusually tidy. We happily, yet a little nervously, hosted the AXIOM Gamma Intermediate Technical Review with the participation of all consortium partners, our project officer from the European Commission and two independent reviewers. It was a very busy day, with various presentations all centering on the AXIOM Gamma developments. After a brief introduction, we led the group through an exhibition setting of sorts; presenting all the different parts of our project history. This consisted of tables showcasing the software, hardware and the enclosure of the AXIOM Gamma — giving an intimate feeling of how much work went into the creation of this future camera. Afterwards, each consortium partner gave a presentation about their particular project contributions including Q&A by the reviewers.
Yes, the list of presentations was long and they were full of content. After the general introduction, our colleagues from af inventions; Magnus Asplund and Carsten Bohnens talked about the exemplary hardware developments in detail. The following presentation was held by Michael Gielda, supported by a descriptive demonstration from Peter Gielda which showcased the amazing work done by Antmicro. apertus° was personified by Herbert Pötzl and Sebastian Pichelhofer, who had a lot to say about testing and quality assurance but kept it as short as possible yet as detailed as necessary to tackle these issues in just one presentation. The closing event of our morning session was initiated by Michele Nicoletti presenting DENZ's enclosure production. Fortunately, our agenda demanded a lunch break after so much information being dropped on us. The light management report was scheduled after lunch and was presented by Luise Reitstätter and Sebastian — who switched hats from apertus° spokesman to university project lead. Matthias Tarasiewicz then elaborately talked about dissemination and documentation activities and then ended with a live demo of our in house project "Elmyra", developed by Simon Repp. It sure made a grand finale for our demonstrations. Finally, we left our lab to give the EU reviewers the privacy needed to gather their thoughts. So we wandered off, trying to keep calm, while awaiting feedback. It turned out that our reviewers were very enthusiastic about this unique project and its potential, so it seems like the presentations did it justice. We received excellently positive feedback and a lot of encouragement for the remaining work that awaits us before the final review. It was a very exciting day with an excellent outcome. Hurray!
AXIOM Gamma Future
We know a lot of you will already be on your toes to jump up and write us an email asking when the AXIOM Gamma will be ready to ship. We would love to just have a camera ready for every single one of you instantly, but the reality of getting this kind of production rolling is very different from how we would like it to be. With the AXIOM Beta, we are trying to keep every step of the production process in-house — giving us much more flexibility and the possibility to build a small volume run of cameras for developers for very reasonable prices. The AXIOM Gamma is different: because of the complexity involved and machines required, the production cannot be handled by us in-house. Doing it externally is the only viable option and for that to work economically, we need to produce a significant number of cameras initially. Where will the funds required to do that be coming from? We are considering another crowd funding campaign for the AXIOM Gamma — but because the target sum would need to be significantly higher than we aimed for with the AXIOM Beta development campaign, we are not sure it's the best choice. We will continue thinking about this and are happy to engage in discussions.
EU Project Review Photos
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 645560.