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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 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 […]

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 Paul Beastall: Monday 14th November, 2016

The Internet of Things – Hunting a precise definition

20 Billion? 100 Billion? Everyone thinks that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be a Very Big Thing Indeed, but how many ‘things’ will there actually be, and when? My consulting team has been looking closely at IoT market forecasts. A report published by the UK Government captures a range of forecasts; covering predictions ranging […]

Mobile phone with health applications
By Robert Milner: Thursday 10th November, 2016

Direct to Cloud – It’s for the good of your health

The great thing about apps is that they are user-centred and can create great engagement. But their user-centric nature is also their downside. If an app is not continually relevant to the user it simply won’t be used. This is no small challenge – industry consensus is that beyond 30 days, fewer than 5% of […]

By Jonathan Pallant: Thursday 27th October, 2016

PRESENTATION – Mozilla’s Rust, and why we love it

As an Embedded Systems Engineer, I’ve written quite a lot of C code over the years. It’s the lingua franca of embedded development – available for every platform, widely understood and with a very (!) lightweight run-time. It is, in essence, a pretty thin abstraction of machine code and while it was undoubtedly very impressive […]

Amazon's Alexa
By Tim Murdoch: Wednesday 12th October, 2016

Turing Services – Is that a human or an algo?

I recently discovered Omada Health, a fascinating Silicon Valley start-up that’s applying connected digital services to healthcare delivery. Omada is focused on those suffering from chronic diseases that affect tens of millions in the US alone, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. The essence of the service is that subscribers sign up for “high-touch […]

Image courtesy Apple Inc
By Kalin Dimitrov: Friday 7th October, 2016

In praise of Apple’s “courage”

Won’t someone speak up for the little big guy?! The dust is now settling, but there can be no doubt that many people are unhappy about Apple removing the audio jack in the iPhone 7. So how about this: Despite all the grumbling, Apple has done something brilliant for the personal audio market. By going […]

Smart Dust
By Dr Dominic Crutchley: Wednesday 28th September, 2016

Where’s my Smart Dust?

In the mid-90s, those interested in wireless sensor networks began talking about ‘Smart Dust’. They envisaged that it would soon be possible to create incredibly small, wirelessly connected sensing nodes. Not unreasonably, they expected that these tiny sensors would have a myriad of life changing applications. Smart Dust would be so small and so cheap […]