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Real-time nitrate sensing: enabling precision fertilizer application

15th August 2018

Real-time nitrate sensing holds the potential for significant yield increases, cost savings, and environmental impact reduction. 

  • Optics
  • Physical sciences
  • Sensing
Opinion

Diary of a developer (part 3) – Foosbot strategy

24th July 2019

How do you teach a robot to play foosball? In part 2 of this blog series, we introduced Foosbot: an internal development project that runs in parallel with our research to discover and develop new machine learning approaches.

  • AI & Analytics
  • Optics
  • Robotics
  • Tracking & location
Vlog

An analytical model for skin/light interaction

4th December 2018

From cosmetics to melanin detection, an analytical model of how light interacts with skin opens a pathway to simplifying the design of low cost sensors.

  • Digital health
  • Optics
  • Physical sciences
  • Sensing
Whitepaper

Imagine what your skin would say if it could talk...

13th November 2018

How you look is a complex interaction between the light that falls on your skin and how in interacts with different skin constituents. Our new whitepaper outlines an analytical model for light-tissue interaction that allows...

  • Digital health
  • Optics
  • Physical sciences
  • Sensing
Vlog

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

Optical fibre sensors - what's next?

27th September 2017

Optical fibre sensing has been around for some time, but only a small proportion of the sensing capabilities of fibre have been commercially exploited...

  • Optics
  • Sensing
Vlog

Taking note – fake or fiver?

25th May 2017

Authentication – the art of being able to tell what's real from what's fake.  With fake news in the press, and old pound coins being replaced, not to mention a new five pound note, it is timely to talk about authenticity...

  • Optics
  • Sensing
Opinion

Unblocking the bottleneck of overstretched cancer testing services

24th November 2016

I don’t think many of us were shocked to hear the news that the NHS cancer testing service is under enormous strain. According to a report by Cancer Research UK: Demand for cancer pathology services has been...

  • Optics
Opinion

A world of hidden colour

14th October 2016

Think of a situation where you want to ‘see more’ than your eyes can reveal; to spot the early signs of mildew or aphid damage in crops, or to discover the health and condition of your skin...

  • Optics
Opinion

Developments in navigation and visualisation techniques have the potential to transform the world of surgery

19th August 2016

Surgery is one of the most dramatic examples of the importance of getting things ‘right first time’. Get it wrong and there may not be a second chance for the patient. That’s what makes the latest developments in...

  • Optics
  • Sensing
Whitepaper

Emerging markets: transforming global surgical care by 2030

16th August 2016

The global endoscopy market is rapidly changing. It is moving towards more technologically advanced solutions that have the potential to drastically disrupt healthcare. The most exciting advances will be in the surgical...

  • Optics
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Fourier transform spectrometer: high throughput dPCR and picodroplet analysis

1st August 2016

dPCR is a well-established and powerful technique but there remains a need to reduce the read time for the very large, multispectral droplet count necessary for serial measurement. This applies particularly...

  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Optics