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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 Jon Edgcombe: Thursday 24th November, 2016

So you want to connect your IoT device to the Blockchain?

It’s been several years since the classic ‘double spending’ problem for digital currencies was solved – by elegantly preventing people duplicating the digital bits that represent the money. This was the advent of ‘cryptocurrencies’ such as Bitcoin. One of the key innovations was the ledger based data storage mechanism known as the Blockchain – a way of […]

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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 […]

ElephantFeet
By Oliver Batley: Wednesday 7th September, 2016

Death of the SI unit

On my first day as a young graduate engineer at Rolls-Royce, I remember reading a recruitment brochure whilst nervously waiting for my line manager to collect me. The brochure stated “Did you know: the F136 turbofan can lift ten elephants to the top of the Eiffel Tower in just six seconds”. My first thought – […]

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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 […]

Graphics-processing-unit
By Dan Hulme: Thursday 14th July, 2016

Low power graphics for high power applications

When you think of mobile GPUs (graphics processing units), you’re probably thinking of smartphones. Graphically intensive mobile games and increasing screen densities have driven the demand for low-power GPUs and video encode/decode hardware. With the availability of this power, demands are being driven further with new applications such as mobile VR (virtual reality). For example, […]

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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 […]

Delivering Software Quality
By Jonathan Pallant: Monday 16th May, 2016

Delivering Software Quality

There’s a general sense these days that software is difficult. We’ve seen some large open source projects hit the headlines recently, with critical bugs given press-friendly names like Heartbleed and Shellshock. I believe a rigorous approach to the discipline of software engineering is key to both avoiding these sorts of issues in the first place […]

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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 […]

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). […]