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Moving towards fully robotic fulfilment

17th September 2018

Order fulfilment in the retail space is generally partially automated, transport is automated, bin picking is not, can the human be removed from the loop?

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

How the Last Mile issue is solving itself

11th July 2018

The Last Mile issue is enormous and complex. Rising e-commerce demand, urban density and energy costs are all conspiring to make this an important issue for everyone. I believe that entrepreneurial ingenuity...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Robotics
  • Service design
Opinion

What's stopping UAVs taking off in agri-tech?

4th July 2018

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (UAVs) look to play an elitist role in the future of agritech. However, adoption is not without challenges. Here are four key hurdles that need to be overcome. While one might think that agri-tech...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital services
  • Robotics
Peer reviewed research

Efficiency and power limits of electrical and tendon-sheath transmissions for surgical robotics

29th June 2018

Our vision about the future of surgical robotics includes the extension of the minimally invasive benefits of surgical robotics - increasing dexterity with reduced trauma and reduced healing time - to more surgical procedures...

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
Opinion

Thinking big - the Ocado way

25th May 2018

We often ask ourselves what innovation truly means. It’s an important question for any ambitions business to consider as history has shown that a revolution in technology brings far greater benefits than an evolution to a legacy technique.

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Tracking & location
Opinion

Drone services lift off in the US

17th May 2018

Can Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) ever mix safely with existing air traffic? Recent news suggests that the Federal Aviation Authority in the US thinks so...

  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

What do Amazon and Eddy Merckx have in common?

4th May 2018

Eddy Merckx dominated professional cycling, the 'Amazon' of his era. Other teams had to innovate or retire. Warehouse automation faces the same challenge.

 

  • Innovation management
  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
Opinion

Precision fruit handling robot

19th April 2018

Robotics in agriculture face complex challenges when it comes to dealing with speciality produce such as fruits and vegetables. Niall Mottram demonstrates an actuator that senses the pressure...

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
  • Signal processing
Opinion

Biting the robotic hand that feeds us

10th April 2018

"Because this is the magic - you load the laundry, and what do you get out of the machine? You get books out of the machine.” - Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine...

  • Robotics
Opinion

Why can’t a robot harvest a strawberry?

4th April 2018

Picking a strawberry - a simple enough task, but one that’s surprisingly hard to automate. Imagine you’re picking a strawberry. First, you identify your target and move your hand towards it. As you move your arm, you can feel...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Vlog

AI and the future of agriculture

16th March 2018

Simon Jordan, Robotics & Control Lead, explains how agriculture will benefit from advances in machine vision and AI. New technologies are making huge steps forward, enabling machines to be adaptable...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
Whitepaper

AI: understanding and harnessing the potential

21st February 2018

Our new report provides a recipe for responsible governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI), aimed at combatting fears that deep learning and machine learning are an all-encompassing force taking over industry...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics