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A nice cup of tea
By Mark Hanlon: Friday 29th September, 2017

When will the lights go out?

I’m sure you’ve seen the headline, that if we were all to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) tomorrow the grid wouldn’t cope and, with a dramatic flourish, the lights would go out. Is this what will happen on January 1st, 2040, when the sale of diesel and petrol fuelled cars is banned? The Telegraph suggested […]

Vlog - AJ bureaucracy
By AJ Van Bochoven: Monday 26th June, 2017

Vlog: Innovation process – yin and yang?

Three factors guide successful innovation: feasibility, desirability and viability. Fail to consider all three and you may be likely to fail. On the face of it, it may seem that innovation and process do not sit well together. However, a well-managed process will actually improve innovation. AJ van Bochoven, Head of Strategic Innovation, discusses how […]

Vlog - biomimicry
By Isobel Ashbey: Tuesday 13th June, 2017

Vlog: Biomimicry – learning from nature

Biomimicry – imitating nature to solve engineering problems. From cockleburs and termite mounds to lotus leaves and bats’ wings, nature has been evolving solutions to the world’s problems for billions of years. Isobel Ashbey, a Physicist in our Applied Science Group, discusses how recent advances in imaging and analytical techniques empower us to move beyond […]

Vinyl record stylus
By Simon Jordan: Wednesday 24th May, 2017

You ain’t got soul – why analogue sounds better

Clearly real instruments have analogue outputs (especially the voice), yet nearly all music is stored and sold digitally. The recording process is ‘perfect’ after decades of development, the human ear is well understood – yet vinyl records are coming back. Analogue recording requires multiple types of signal conversion – from pressure waves to electrical signals […]

Ford muscle car
By Chris Rosser: Wednesday 10th May, 2017

Science-led innovation: the fast and the furious

“Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable” – Brian Greene It can often be difficult to resolve the contradiction between the rigour and discipline of an engineering design process and the boundless creativity required […]

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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 […]

An elephant in the room
By Max Middleton: Monday 29th February, 2016

Elephant repellent

“Do you like my elephant repellent?” “But there are no elephants around here…!” “Good, isn’t it?”   Except there are… When the Challenger blew up in 1986 (30 years ago) I was a 13 yr old, fascinated about everything to do with space exploration (and New Romantic music…and Ferris Bueller, but that’s a different blog). […]

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By Steve Haigh: Wednesday 16th July, 2014

In today’s competitive market, can you afford not to consider the user’s experience?

Creating a great consumer product today means producing something that people love. It has to be useful, look fantastic and delight the user when they interact with it. But that feeling of delight doesn’t happen by accident – the user experience (UX) is designed in from day one.