Corporate Blogs

By Chris Roberts: Monday 17th October, 2016

Apples vs Oranges… vs Lasers?

I gave a talk at the Agri-Tech East pollinator on Robo-Cropping last Tuesday (see slides below), and there were some really interesting contrasts at the conference. Before we went, one of my colleagues, Niall said “You’ll like this conference, they’ll be talking about using lasers to kill weeds”. I was definitely looking forward to it! One […]

Fruit farm
By Chris Roberts: Monday 10th October, 2016

Automated Harvesting – is the juice worth the squeeze?

I’m attending the Agritech East pollinator on Tuesday, all about the potential of precision robotics in agriculture. My talk is about automated harvesting, and where robotics is and isn’t relevant. It’s clear that agriculture has many tasks, currently done by humans, which are amenable to some level of automation. That human labour is becoming more expensive and […]

By David Gladwin: Tuesday 4th October, 2016

3D vision with holographic radar

Holographic radar was in the news this morning as I drove in to work. The Breakfast Show was talking about drone detection systems being trialled and deployed by Aveillant, a spin out company from Cambridge Consultants. Aveillant was founded in 2011 to exploit the ability of 3D holographic radar to mitigate the clutter caused by […]

How long until a computer can recognise this cat on the street, with only these two photos to go on?
By Sarah Lewis: Monday 26th September, 2016

Big data, little data

Chris wrote earlier this year  that we’ve been experimenting with DCNNs (deep convolutional neural networks)  for machine vision, using our fruit-picking robot as a toy application. It’s time for an update. To start with, some explanation. Machine image recognition is based on ‘features’. A feature is any measurable property of an image, for example the […]

By Oliver Batley: Wednesday 7th September, 2016

Death of the SI unit

On my first day as a young graduate engineer at Rolls-Royce, I remember reading a recruitment brochure whilst nervously waiting for my line manager to collect me. The brochure stated “Did you know: the F136 turbofan can lift ten elephants to the top of the Eiffel Tower in just six seconds”. My first thought – […]

By Niall Mottram: Tuesday 30th August, 2016

A little goes a long way – precision use of resources

St Louis. The Gateway to the West. A city steeped in US history where the meandering Mississippi and Missouri rivers mark the path deep into the heart of America. And it’s here two centuries on from the Lewis and Clark Expedition that the launch-pad for another bold new chapter in the evolution of this great […]

By Chris Roberts: Thursday 25th August, 2016

Just like us…

Recently, I went to the west coast of the US – always an inspiring place to be if you’re into technology. The second half of my trip was the final meeting on our voting machine project with IDEO and LA County – more on that here – but the first half was to visit our […]

By Lewis Woolfson: Friday 19th August, 2016

Quantum Technology – The Revolution is coming

Quantum physics may be the domain of scientists, but new advances in the technology will prove useful for us all. The science that describes the behaviour of nature on the smallest scale can be intimidating and counter-intuitive, even for those who deal with it every day. That being said, our understanding of this tiny world […]

By Mehmet Kaya: Thursday 4th August, 2016

The Cobotic force may be with you…

Like many people of my generation, I am a keen Star Wars fan starting from very first the one … Everything about it was mind blowing at that time. Most of all I was amused by the wobbly and clumsy robots, R2D2 and my favourite C-3P0. It was exceedingly impressive how they interacted with humans. […]

By Simon Jordan: Monday 25th July, 2016

Robots – from ‘Golden Fairy’ to ‘Iron Serf’

I’ve often been struck by how over-engineered industrial robot arms are. They are large, heavy machines which work to a remarkable precision and speed, and have an innate grace in their trajectories. This grace however, comes at a great financial cost. This is largely to do with the way in which the precision is achieved […]