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AI in farming - personal care for plants

14th February 2018

You may be familiar with the phrase 'Work smarter, not harder', well that applies to agricultural machinery just as much as people... In this video Simon Jordan looks that the technologies that are now making their way...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Optics
  • Robotics
Opinion

Current issues and technology underpinnings in retail

6th February 2018

'Bricks & mortar' retail is under  pressure from e-commerce and shifting consumer behaviour, leading established providers and innovative start-ups to leverage AI, machine vision and novel sensors to win customers...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
  • Tracking & location
Opinion

Unleash the robots: the robotic renaissance

30th January 2018

"The robotics renaissance” - a well-matched team of robots-cobots, cloud computing, AI and 5G are leading this exciting ride into the future. When I was researching the effect of 5G on robotics, the movie ‘Clash of...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
Opinion

Love me, love my fridge

16th January 2018

Will our robot companions of the future be lovable? Will they display empathy? Our future companions will use verbal and non-verbal cues to understand us. History is full of heartwarming love stories...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

2018 - the year of robot farming?

11th January 2018

The last two years have shown an incredible game changing growth in the capabilities of machines, and automated systems. Agriculture faces a need to automate, and a push of immature technology...

  • Digital services
  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
Opinion

Circular Economy in Agriculture

20th September 2017

Farmers have acted as stewards of natural resources – soil, water, plants, fertilizers, wildlife and so on – for centuries. So circular economy thinking – which encourages business models...

  • Innovation management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
Opinion

Vlog: How much of a threat are robots to British jobs?

24th March 2017

"30% of existing UK jobs could face automation over the next 15 years" - is quite a headline, taken from the latest UK Economic Outlook report by PwC, which has received widespread coverage...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
Opinion

Automated harvesting - is the juice worth the squeeze?

10th October 2016

I'm attending the Agritech East pollinator on Tuesday, all about the potential of precision robotics in agriculture. My talk is about automated harvesting, and where robotics is and isn't relevant. It's clear that...

  • Robotics
Opinion

Big data, little data

26th September 2016

Chris Roberts wrote earlier this year  that we’ve been experimenting with DCNNs (deep convolutional neural networks)  for machine vision, using our fruit-picking robot as a toy application. It’s time for an update...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Robotics
Opinion

3 things that are holding back the adoption of robotics for GI operations

7th April 2016

The recent SAGES 2016 in Boston included a debate on robotically assisted hernia repairs, chaired by Brian Jacob and David Earl. It was interesting to see how gastrointestinal (GI) surgery is split into...

  • Robotics
Opinion

What’s next for Minimally Invasive Surgery?

8th June 2010

In 1991 the first successful laparoscopic radical prostatectomy had taken place – a minimally invasive procedure used in the treatment for prostate cancer. To remove the prostate a number of ‘key hole’ incisions...

  • Robotics