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How to make a non-smart system smart

16th January 2019

Thanks to AI and smart algorithms combined with low cost sensors, giving legacy system 'smarts' is an effective way in delivering a multitude of benefits.

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital services
  • Dispense
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Sensing
  • Service design
Opinion

2018 Giant Health Event - The Future is FemTech

22nd November 2018

Menopause is in the spotlight helped by coverage from the BBC and other websites. Nicola Millar presented how technology can provide drug-free alternatives to help women going through menopause.

  • Dispense
  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Sensing
Opinion

Low cost nano-climate control for vertical farming

11th June 2018

Vertical farming pushes the boundaries of a microclimate. But while lighting and sensors have evolved, cooling systems are almost identical to those first introduced in the 1900s. Vertical farming pushes the boundaries...

 

  • Dispense
  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Mechanical engineering
Opinion

Neonics - bee genocide or environmental scapegoat?

16th May 2018

In April of this year the use of neonicotinoid in all outdoor crop applications was banned. So why are these particular insecticides particularly harmful to bees?

  • Dispense
  • Physical sciences
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Technology to deliver the perfect pint

1st March 2018

Edd Brunner looks at what digital and sensor technology can bring to beer and soft drink on-trade draught systems. 

  • Digital services
  • Dispense
  • Sensing
Opinion

Latte Levy – the good, the bad and the indifferent

5th January 2018

Coffee cups have become a symbol of waste and recycling challenges, even though they actually represent a tiny fraction of takeaway beverage containers put on the market.

  • Dispense
  • Human factors
  • Service design
  • User Experience (UX)
Opinion

How technology is shaping the fast food industry

17th November 2017

A long time ago, the concept of fast food dining was considered a breakthrough in the restaurant industry. The idea that food that is ready to eat can be ordered and available to enjoy in a short space...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Dispense
  • Innovation management
Opinion

Watching what you drink

25th September 2017

I've recently returned from a week at #drinktec 2017 in Munich where the latest advances in every field of the beverage industry were on show. VR headsets to show you your new production line...

  • Dispense
Opinion

It’s a fine line between a gimmick and a useful connected service

15th September 2017

A service which benefits the consumer needs to be quick, intuitive and beneficial and have very few pain points to make it a success

  • Augmented reality & virtual reality
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Dispense
Opinion

Millennials: shaping the food and beverage industry

11th September 2017

Millennials, or Generation Y, hold a huge buying power in today’s economy and are expected to spend ...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Dispense
Opinion

Will there be an IoT revolution in the food and beverage industry?

1st September 2017

I recently suggested that we are not quite yet at the point that the value of the functionality that can be achieved by this enabler (or at least the functionality that has been thought of) is more than the...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Dispense
Opinion

The challenges of consumable-appliance system design

4th May 2017

There has been a lot in the press recently about Juicero – a cold press juice system launched last year by a well-funded Silicon Valley start-up. The system comprises of a consumer focused appliance that uses high force to squeeze juice from a single-serve consumable to produce a fresh, high quality and healthy juice drink.

  • Dispense
  • Industrial design