Wireless and Digital Services

By Richard Leyland: Thursday 19th January, 2017

Exploring new ways of delivering home energy

It’s a little over a year since we announced that the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) had appointed us to lead a £4.9 million home energy management system (HEMS) project. Since then we’ve been working hard, in partnership with ESC (Energy Systems Catapult) and we look forward to sharing details of what has been achieved. This […]

By Tim Murdoch: Friday 6th January, 2017

Are we reaching peak electronics?

CES is well underway in Las Vegas this week and Cambridge Consultants is there in force along with our new Synapse colleagues. It is as shiny, big and noisy as ever; but, an interesting question is being asked: Are we nearing a peak in consumer electronic devices? The Economist espresso edition had a nice little […]

Voice user interface
By Tim Daines: Tuesday 3rd January, 2017

You talkin’ to me? 7 Principles when designing for voice user interfaces (VUI)

Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s Siri have blazed the trail. Voice input and control have reached the technology mainstream and a new generation of digital services and physical devices will soon be upon us. But for those of us in technology development, how should we go about designing an experience that knows us as well as […]

By Monty Barlow: Thursday 22nd December, 2016

Augmented Festivity – and the search for more reality

‘Augmented Festivity’ – A term which yields only one hit on Google, and that’s from 1891. Let’s see if we at Cambridge Consultants can make it real… Imagine a future where your smart retina implants start overlaying festive imagery every time you enter a public space during the holiday season. Our Machine Learning team has […]

By Robert Milner: Monday 19th December, 2016

A trillion things I’d like for Christmas

This weekend we did the Christmas decorations. As some of our decorations are now a little bit old and tired we headed off to the shops to restock. It’s easy to miss the change in Christmas lighting over just a few years. Our old lights still had bulbs – probably because at the time we […]

Brain in a vat
By James Clemoes: Tuesday 6th December, 2016

Getting real with Machine Learning

Everyone claims they’re doing it, most aren’t doing it, a few are doing it badly, and even fewer are doing it well. With the ready availability of great Machine Learning frameworks, such as Torch (used by Facebook) and Google’s TensorFlow, the barrier to entry can seem deceptively low. Such tools are relatively straightforward to install […]

M-Pesa in Kenya
By Tim Murdoch: Monday 28th November, 2016

Breakthrough innovation has many fathers

Innovation is a long term endeavour and, much like politics and war, history is often re-written by the last people on the field of play. That’s why it is so special to see the on-going recognition of a true father of M-Pesa, well discussed in this piece on Nick Hughes and innovation in Africa. The […]

Inside the Russian dolls
By Jez Stark: Thursday 24th November, 2016

The semiconductor industry – Inside the Russian dolls

In December 2014, Zenverge, a fabless semiconductor company, was acquired by Freescale Semiconductor. Then in December 2015 Freescale Semiconductor was itself acquired by NXP Semiconductors. Last month Qualcomm announced the planned acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, at a price of $47 Billion, at which point Qualcomm will have swallowed all of these companies whole. But that’s […]

Headset review profile
By Sam Turner: Monday 21st November, 2016

The joys of crowd sourced feedback

This might be a golden age for small technology developers. Sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow individual small investors to fund a project or a product for an amount that’s very similar to what they would pay to buy the final product. But these platforms have also inadvertently created a number of crowd sourced […]

By Tim Murdoch: Friday 18th November, 2016

17 Goals for Breakthrough Innovation

Occasionally innovation is sparked by technical opportunity. But that’s not really how it works. Instead, most often and most successfully, innovation is driven by need – and encapsulating the most fundamental needs facing us will surely drive innovation on a truly global scale. I spent much of last week listening, discussing and shaping Breakthrough Innovation […]