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Conventional upscaling versus super-res
By Monty Barlow: Thursday 24th August, 2017

Magic using super resolution neural networks

There’s a scene in Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner where the protagonist zooms deeper and deeper into a photograph of a crime scene, revealing a seemingly impossible level of detail. Just how fanciful this scene really is has been debated by sci-fi fans for decades, but the ability for photographers to significantly enhance a […]

By Richard Leyland: Thursday 29th June, 2017

Machine Learning with ‘The Aficionado’

Our team is at the cutting edge of Machine Learning. We set out to collide science and art, to develop a machine learning system with human-like judgement, in the infinitely complex world of live music. Here’s how:

Image courtesy Flickr user Chiu Ho-yang
By Tim Murdoch: Friday 2nd June, 2017

The Sharing Economy – truly useful or recycled hype?

The New York Times has an interesting article on the bubble emerging in China for start-ups that promote sharing stuff: Bikes, concrete mixers and even basketballs. With acres of bikes for hire now lying unused, and Uber swallowed up by a price war, you might have thought that the hype for the sharing economy in […]

By Thomas Carmody: Tuesday 4th April, 2017

What does the future hold for parking technology?

Parking, eh? It may sound dull, it can infuriate, but it’s set to be an unlikely proving ground for many of the technologies that will soon smooth our way through modern life. Across the world we are well accustomed to using meters, machines, and tickets for parking, while avoiding wardens and enforcement services. Unlike many […]

Room interiors and lifestyle
By Michal Gabrielczyk: Friday 31st March, 2017

When is a Smart Home truly ‘smart’?

To date most connected home products have essentially been limited to souped-up remote controls, often only allowing users to control items in their home from an app. These are technical achievements, but it’s questionable whether we can really call this ‘smart’. Many solutions focus on just a small set of specific features, resulting in a […]

Car park
By Sabrina Blackwell: Thursday 23rd March, 2017

Teaching an old camera new tricks

Few things are as useless as CCTV cameras. Most are low-res, unwatched and unloved. What if I told you that we could turn a bog standard CCTV camera, simply a dumb feed from a camera that’s pointed at a car park that we’ve never even visited, into an automated parking monitor? Machine Vision and Machine […]

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 […]