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By Steve Thomas: Thursday 16th February, 2017

“To define is to limit”

It often seems this quote from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is the mantra of inventors and patent attorneys alike when they write their patents.  It’s understandable.  People want to get the widest possible protection for their inventions and hope to cover things that are outside of their original field.  But, it runs […]

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By Trevor Wood: Friday 3rd February, 2017

Big Data: Tomorrow’s World or Black Mirror

In my favourite episode of Black Mirror, personal data is weaponised. The episode portrays a world where personal information is stored forever and used to determine a ubiquitous social currency. Among the nasty consequences is that a failure to keep up appearances might leave you unable to board an aeroplane or live in a fashionable […]

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By Trevor Wood: Wednesday 14th December, 2016

Has Deep Learning Graduated to Predicting the Future?

Niels Bohr is quoted as saying “prediction is difficult, especially about the future”. This seemingly tautological statement hints at the point in the scientific process whereby hypotheses are formed which make predictions about measureable properties of the world. Of course, these properties were already there when the hypothesis was made so it is a prediction […]

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By Dave 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 […]

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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 […]

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By Tom Fry: Tuesday 12th July, 2016

Technology Transfer to some of the World’s Largest Industries

My colleague’s article on Edge Intelligence is well timed. Economic and environmental pressures are forcing companies, and indeed entire industries, to find ever more innovative solutions to optimize their processes and reduce down time. The shift from traditional manufacturing processes towards Smart Factories or Industry 4.0 requires a combination of smart sensors, wireless and wired […]

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By Nathan Wrench: Wednesday 22nd April, 2015

The world is not short of innovation, but not all innovations are created equal

The majority of design and development effort expended by industry results in incremental innovations – those that manage to change a product – a particular model is improved and replaced with something better, faster, cheaper…but it remains doing essentially the same task, within the same product portfolio.  A radical innovation will change your company – […]

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By Alan Richardson: Friday 11th May, 2012

Medical implant vulnerability is not fundamental

A number of recent reports have highlighted the potential vulnerability of medical implants to hacker attack. It is undoubtedly possible to produce radio linked devices for many applications that are vulnerable to attack and vulnerability tends to increase for battery powered devices because some cryptographic and authentication functions use significant energy.

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By admin: Friday 28th October, 2011

The answer is blowing in the wind….*

Strangely enough, running an innovative product development company isn’t all about developing innovative products.  But if you employ the kind of people we do….the type capable of really making a difference to the way next generation products are developed, then a by-product is that they rarely stop thinking about alternative ways of taking technology and […]

By admin: Wednesday 13th July, 2011

Windfarms on a collision course?

According to Renewables UK , the UK is the windiest country in Europe, so much so that we could power our country several times over using this free fuel. A modern 2.5MW turbine at a reasonable site will generate 6.5 million units of electricity each year, enough to meet the annual needs of over 1,400 […]