Incubators are used in the innovation science and industry to specifically
generate inventions or to systemize the invention process. Incubators
(breeding places) are craft rooms and laboratories just as
organizational mergers, in which different work groups, different work
styles, and formal and informal work processes are connected in an open
and dynamic way. Up to a certain degree they are supposed to
permanently organize and re-organize themselves in order to adapt
flexibly to natural innovation processes. The idea to use incubators as
a tool for systemization of the innovation process goes back to T. A.
Edison and his Menlo Park Laboratory in New Jersey. Incubators are
maintained by numerous companies as a fundamental part of their
research and development departments nowadays.
While in the projects iP1 und iP2 the planning has priority, in the Incubator
module functioning demonstrators or experimental superstructures are
implemented. The scale of the implementation is task-related. The
seminar imparts basics of the systematic development of demonstrators.
Furthermore, basics of the use and integration of micro system
technology components, sensors, actuators, engines, and even robots (as
integrated technology) are imparted. Advisors and our
workshop-technician lend the participants their support concerning the
realization of given or personal projects. The Incubator module may
relate to the projects from iP1 und iP2.