Impact

Custom robotics

We specialise in developing robotics in areas that have not traditionally been automated or, in some cases, where automation was not even considered possible.

Rather than pursuing incremental improvements on existing robotic systems, we focus on creating dramatic improvements and enabling completely new ways of doing business. 

Ripe for automation

Our expertise enables us to pinpoint which tasks are most amenable to automation, ensuring that investment is focused where it will deliver the most value.

In particular, we excel at automating ’semi-structured’ tasks – tasks that are clearly defined yet not purely repetitive. For example, as opposed to a robot that will pick all the apples on a tree, we might design a robot that picks only the ripe ones. 

Human augmentation

The use of robotics to enable humans to do their jobs better, faster or more precisely is set to bring huge benefits in many fields. For example, enhancing surgeons’ capabilities with features like motion scaling, tremor reduction and enforced ’no-fly‘ zones to protect sensitive tissues.

We’re helping our clients build the next generation of surgical robotics, drawing on our deep understanding of robotic technology, medical imaging, human factors engineering, safety critical software and medically regulated product development. Learn how we are helping to create the future of digital surgery.

Experience

Depth of knowledge

We draw on a wealth of experience when addressing each new challenge, having created robotic solutions across a range of industries, including industrial, consumer, agricultural and medical.

We combine market relevance with deep technical expertise – from both academia and industry – built on a foundation of core skills, including kinematics, dynamic modelling, real-time control and sensor fusion. This enables us to deliver outstanding custom solutions time-after-time. 

Breadth of expertise

Applying robotics in new areas is our specialty, but this requires more than just robotics expertise. Insight into novel sensor technology, machine vision and artificial intelligence (AI) are equally critical to success.

We draw on world-class expertise in all of these disciplines and more, assembling multidisciplinary teams capable of redefining the boundaries of robotics. 

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Tech, tools & facilities

Warehouse-scale-development-space

Warehouse-scale development space

For large-scale robotics development, we maintain a warehouse space suitable for the prototyping and testing of sizable robotics and automation projects.

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Robotics lab - Cambridge, UK

In addition to our dedicated manufacturing and electronics prototyping capabilities, we maintain a robotics-specific lab to carry out development and demonstrations, equipped with several robotic arms and 3D tracking capabilities.

Robotics lab Boston

Robotics lab - Boston, MA

This dedicated robotics research and prototyping facility enables us to develop industrial automation, warehouse robotics, cobots, agri-robots and medical robotics. This lab contains several six-axis and SCARA manipulators, hardware-in-the loop control prototyping systems, 2D and 3D vision systems, and autonomous mobile robot prototyping platforms.

Case studies

Autonomous Resilient Cyber Defence (ARCD)

AI that decides the best response to a cyberattack

The Defence and Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl) set a seriously tough challenge… to develop next generation systems to respond autonomously to a cybersecurity attack on military systems. The multidisciplinary CC team responded by applying a truly leading-edge AI solution and demonstrating a proof of concept in a challenging application. 

DASA Summary

Military robots that work effectively alongside people

Our task was to rise to a challenge set by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), part of the UK government Ministry of Defence. The organisation sought innovations that would deliver a step change in military logistics capability across maritime, land and air domains. The autonomous behavioural engine we demonstrated to them enables fast and safe unmanned logistics in congested, dynamic environments.

Wireless breakthrough for the Ocado Smart Platform

A world-first in radio design helps transform online grocery across the globe

Axsis

Axsis medical robotic concept

AXSIS demonstrates the possibilities of intelligent robotic design – robots that are dramatically smaller yet significantly more capable than existing surgical equipment.

News & insights

Investing in automation
Report

Investing in Automation

7th Oct 2022

Resisting automation is no longer an option – so the attention of the world’s C-Suite is turning from the question of ROI to three fundamentals… what kind of robotics and automation should I pursue, how can automation make my business more resilient, and how do I make my business ready for automation, autonomy and their successful scaling?

  • Robotics
  • Sensing
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

Closing the loop for true ploughing automation

21st Jul 2020

If your business is making agricultural equipment, you’d be forgiven a wry smile at the ongoing frustrations of automotive OEMs as they strive to develop autonomous vehicles

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Press release

Hank: The dexterous robot with the human touch

16th May 2019

Hank is a pneumatic robotic gripper with a sophisticated sense of touch and slip. It can emulate the human ability to grip delicate objects using just the right amount of pressure.

Press release

Mamut: The autonomous robot in the field of agritech

11th Mar 2019

Mamut explores crop fields, capturing granular data on health and yield on a massive scale. By automating data capture, Mamut will bring new efficiencies to food production, enabling growers to predict and optimize yields.

Events

2023 NANS
Panel discussionSpeaker

North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Forum 2023

12th Jan 2023 - 15th Jan 2023
Caesars Palace 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas

NANS 2023 Annual Meeting will showcase the latest advances in the field through cutting edge plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, and oral abstract presentations in neuromodulation. 

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Exhibitor

REAP Conference 2022: Making Sense of Agriculture

8th Nov 2022
Hinxton Hall Conference Centre - Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge

From yield mapping and precision livestock through to robotics, simulation, digital twins and cloud computing, at REAP 2022 we will be exploring the technology and looking at the implications from a field to landscape level.

Speaker

The Engineering Design Show 2022

12th Oct 2022 - 13th Oct 2022
Eureka Arena, Coventry, UK

The Engineering Design Show is the UK’s only event entirely dedicated to engineering, electronics and embedded design.

ExhibitorPanel discussion

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) and Logistics Conference 2022

10th Oct 2022 - 13th Oct 2022
Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, Boston, USA
Stand: 1300

Join us in Boston, Massachusetts for the Autonomous Mobile Robots & Logistics Conference, where you’ll learn about exciting advances in AMR technology, and gain specific insights into the latest developments in logistics automation. Come visit our booth and have the opportunity to network and learn from leaders across the industry.