1914, Philips opened its own research laboratory in Eindhoven: the Natuurkundig Laboratorium (Physics Laboratory) or NatLab. This world-famous laboratory was responsible for countless inventions and innovations, including sodium-based street lighting, the rotary shaving head, the CD and a variety of advanced medical technology.
Philips Research takes the reader on a journey through this century of science with the help of stunning illustrations from the Philips Company Archives and some landmark Philips products. In addition to such Philips products as the light bulb, early radios and cassette recorders, the book also features LED lights, machines that manufacture chips and the MRI scanner. All of them are products that have changed our society for good or are set to do so, because the book also looks to the future. Philips Research is developing ultrasound technologies that can attack tumour cells painlessly and without surgical intervention. ‘City Farming’ makes it possible to use a special form of light to promote the growth of crops. In short, 100 years of inventions that matter.