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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 Mehmet Kaya: Tuesday 22nd November, 2016

The Cobots are coming!

What does serving ice cream have in common with tending a CNC machine? Both can be performed by Cobots. The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring 2,407 exhibiting companies and 115,612 registrants. The event is held every two years in September at McCormick Place […]

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By Niall Mottram: Monday 21st November, 2016

The Art of the Possible, but Commercially Viable

What links Donald Trump, Rethink Robotics and John Deere? At first glance not much, but dig deeper and some common themes emerge, driven by cause and effect. Let’s start with the cause. There have been acres of print and digital coverage devoted to the election result of November 8, so this blog will steer clear […]

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By Andrew Strong: Friday 18th November, 2016

Recycling – are we there yet?

I spent last week at the BrauBeviale exhibition in Nuremberg; this is a major event for the European drinks and beverages industry. It was fascinating to witness how the industry is innovating continuously so that competitors’ products are highly differentiated and appropriately eye-catching on the supermarket shelf. I was shown aluminium drinks cans with graphics […]

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By Mehmet Kaya: Thursday 10th November, 2016

Part Two: The Empire Strikes Back

Cobots were officially “invented” in 1996 by J. Edward Colgate and Michael Peshkin, professors at North-Western University. They were granted patents US 5,923,139 and US 5,952,796. They called the Cobots initially “Programmable Constraint Machines” (PCM). In this patent definition, it was indicated that PCM is a robot for direct physical interaction with a human co-workers, […]

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By Roger Burton: Thursday 3rd November, 2016

Nitrate Sensing in the Soil

Artificial fertiliser has been used for more than a century to increase crop yields. It’s typically the biggest annual operational expenditure for a farmer and therefore it’s important to use it correctly. Too much and it’s not only a waste, but it can create groundwater run-off, causing eutrophication and health issues. too little and crop yield […]

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By Simon Jordan: Monday 31st October, 2016

Personal Agriculture

It’s been clear over the last century that farms are getting bigger. The economics of a big scale farm are better, and the risk of failure is diluted. However, the level of manpower available to do the work is spread more thinly, meaning bigger and more effective machines are needed. The drawback, however, of driving […]

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By Chris Roberts: Monday 17th October, 2016

Apples vs Oranges… vs Lasers?

I gave a talk at the Agri-Tech East pollinator on Robo-Cropping last Tuesday (see slides below), and there were some really interesting contrasts at the conference. Before we went, one of my colleagues, Niall said “You’ll like this conference, they’ll be talking about using lasers to kill weeds”. I was definitely looking forward to it! One […]

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By Chris Roberts: Monday 10th October, 2016

Automated Harvesting – is the juice worth the squeeze?

I’m attending the Agritech East pollinator on Tuesday, all about the potential of precision robotics in agriculture. My talk is about automated harvesting, and where robotics is and isn’t relevant. It’s clear that agriculture has many tasks, currently done by humans, which are amenable to some level of automation. That human labour is becoming more expensive and […]

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