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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.
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 […]
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 […]
Having introduced the circular economy in my first blog on this topic and considered the adoption of its thinking by some big names and start-ups, I now consider the why and how of adopting this thinking. Perhaps the question is not why are businesses showing an interest in these schools of thought, but why now? […]
Circular economy is the latest buzzword catching the imagination of big businesses such as Google, Unilever, Philips and Nike. A systems thinking approach, circular economy aspires to use resources to their maximum value, keeping them within the economy indefinitely, preferably as whole products rather than materials, and aiming to ‘design out’ waste from the system. […]
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 […]
Over the past few months I’ve seen an interesting trend of hobbyists having a go at “hacking” Internet Of Things (IoT) devices. The list of devices that have been hacked is pretty long already – Thermostats, TVs, Printers, Light Bulbs, Webcams – and the technology is still in its infancy. It strikes me it is […]
Cambridge Consultants work with many leading brands to develop products that change the game. World leading products are taken from concept, through proof of concept, followed by prototyping and on to full manufactured products in our innovative product development cycle. Our engineering, life sciences, electronics and wireless labs provide a rich working environment to support […]
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.
A growing theme in innovative product developments of the last decade is exploiting the benefits of connection. The public has shown time and again that it values the convenience of connection very highly. But there is a sometimes implicit trade-off. For instance, the rise of internet banking has been a gold mine for organised crime. The […]