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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]