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innovation risk and reward
By AJ Van Bochoven: Friday 15th December, 2017

Can a culture for breakthrough and incremental innovation co-exist within the same organisation?

This was a question I posed when I hosted a round table discussion at a recent event, with industries ranging from FMCG, agritech, pharma, industrial and oil & gas all represented around the table. The innovation leaders participating in the discussion had described quite different approaches and experiences to breakthrough innovation. Some follow the example […]

hyperspectral imaging
By Simon Jordan: Thursday 9th November, 2017

Hyperspectral imaging – niche tool or ‘must have’?

A camera which captures images across a wide range of wavelengths, not just the familiar RGB colours has existed for a while now. Lots of niche applications have been found – from the military looking for camouflage amongst vegetation to conservationists finding obscured details in Renaissance paintings. Semiconductor and imaging products have moved forward at […]

metamaterials
By Rosti Lemdiasov: Friday 27th October, 2017

Wireless power transfer with metamaterials

Metamaterials are artificially engineered materials that possess properties not found in nature. Over the years, they have enjoyed a great deal of fascination because they are said to bend light in an unexpected way. Their most fascinating application is, arguably, the “invisibility cloak”, which is not only theoretically possible but practically possible. Apart from that […]

Andrew Stron on fibre optic sensing
By Andrew Strong: Wednesday 27th September, 2017

Optical fibre sensors – what’s next?

Optical fibre sensing has been around for some time, but only a small proportion of the sensing capabilities of fibre have been commercially exploited. Andrew Strong reflects on the current world of optical sensors and where the next commercial success may be found.

soil
By Catherine Joce: Wednesday 20th September, 2017

Circular Economy in Agriculture

Farmers have acted as stewards of natural resources – soil, water, plants, fertilizers, wildlife and so on – for centuries. So circular economy thinking – which encourages business models which keep resources circulating in the economy at their maximum value – should resonate in the agritech sector. Of course the approaches used to keep resources […]

voice recognition
By Trevor Wood: Wednesday 23rd August, 2017

You say ‘po-tay-to’ – next steps for voice interface

After seeing the first Iron Man film, many people probably wished they had access to an all-powerful suit that could fly. Not me though, what I wanted was Jarvis, the voice-activated personal assistant who would act on my every request and perhaps even quip back at me. In 2008, when Tony Stark made his first […]

explain yourself machine
By Joe Smallman: Thursday 10th August, 2017

Explain yourself machine

According to Stephen Hawking, artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity”. The recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are largely due to developments in machine learning. However, one of the key challenges of machine learning is that when ‘the machine’ gets it wrong, it is very hard […]

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By Sajith Wimalaratne: Friday 14th July, 2017

Open innovation culture

I recently took part in the FMCG Open Innovation Forum which was hosted by Fresca Group at Thanet Earth site. The meeting’s topic was “Roadmap for Food, Drink & FMCG“. In addition to exploring what makes an effective innovation team, it was great to meet some of the participants and have some inspiring conversations. Open […]

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 […]

Chemistry and Innovation
By Stuart Gilby: Thursday 22nd June, 2017

Innovation sans frontières

Innovation is not restricted by normal boundaries; this was demonstrated by the breadth of work presented at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) “Chemistry Means Business” in Manchester last week. The emerging technologies were focussed on four themes: Health, Food & Drink, Energy& Environment and Materials & Enabling Technologies. However, the first presentation I attended […]

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