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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 […]

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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 Cassandra Padbury: Thursday 23rd February, 2017

A Dhalicious Beer: the pulse to pint innovation

I was intrigued to follow the latest new product development in beer. Looking for new innovative uses for its King Red Split Lentils AGT Foods first approached Saskatchewan based Rebellion Brewing Co. to challenge the VP and Brewmaster to make a craft beer from its lentils. And so Lentil Cream Ale was born. AGT have […]

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By Andrew Lintott: Monday 28th November, 2016

Serendipitous Sam and the good ideas factory

My daughter’s interest started in the springtime, in an orchard, stemming from a seemingly inconsequential conversation about four leaf clovers. As I recall it was my wife who explained that sometimes, if you look, you can find a four leaf clover – and if you do then you are very lucky because very few people […]

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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 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 […]

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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 Tom Fry: Monday 21st March, 2016

Innovation in Retail – How do you create a personalised in-store experience?

How do you use the big data mined from online shopping to create a personalised in-store experience? The topic of creating a personalised in-store shopping experience was raised a number of times at the RBTE (Retail Business Technology Expo) in London on the 9th & 10th March.  It in fact dominated the open panel discussion […]

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By Antonno Versteeg: Monday 27th July, 2015

Innovation is like cycling: it is all about balance

Learning to cycle is something that is hard, needs perseverance and might include a few painful crashes along the way. But after a while things will become easier and when the brain has learnt how to balance and push the pedals, this skill is almost impossible to ‘unlearn’. In a sense, successful innovation is similar. […]

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By Cassandra Padbury: Thursday 16th July, 2015

Technology Roadmapping through space: Deciding when to launch innovations

Roadmapping is a tool we often use in our Technology Management Consulting team. We help our clients bring together commercial and strategic perspectives with those of technology and R&D to examine what products or experiences could be launched to achieve business objectives. For us this often means working at the 3-5 year timescale asking what […]