In Pictures: Logitech’s Innovation Center in Switzerland
Logitech was kind enough to invite Game Front to check out it’s “Daniel Borel Innovation Center” in Lausanne, Switerland. The facility houses R&D, testing, and various other labs, along with an executive staff…a second headquarters, if you will (which makes sense, as Logitech co-founder Daniel Borel is Swiss).
[Editor's Note: Logitech really wanted Game Front to check this facility out, so they paid for my flight to and from Geneva, put me up in a nice hotel in Lausanne, and fed me a few times.]
The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is part technical university, part corporate campus. Companies that call the corporate campus home are essentially partners with the university — working on academic research projects while recruiting engineers out of the school after graduation.
Walking around the campus quad during some downtime, I stumbled upon this…thing. A giant Mr. Peanut? Your guess is as good as mine!
Chris Pate is a Senior Project Manager in Logitech’s Gaming division. Every gaming peripheral produced by Logitech in recent memory has some of Chris’ DNA (not literally, of course). Chris has been with Logitech since 1996.
Francois Morier, a Senior Engineer with Logitech, was our technical guide throughout the day. Here he is explaining the different variables one has to deal with during laser and optical mouse development…much of which promptly went directly over the crowd’s heads.
Now we’re given a more global look at how Logitech operates. There are 12 sites worldwide where product development – or some stage of it – happens. Design and development is handled by over 1,000 engineers and product designers. From Silicon Valley to Ireland to Taiwan, Logitech truly is a global company.
The G Series of gaming peripherals has already launched in the U.S., but due to a staggered launch cycle, the products are just launching in Europe and Asia this month.
After our initial introductions, it was time to race!
This setup wasn’t built for the press — the Logitech employees in Lausanne use this gear all the time, as you can tell from the posted lap times.
A LAN area for trying out the new-for-Europe G Series products.
On Page Two: pictures of the R&D and testing labs