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Opinion

Introducing SomeSQL

25th September 2018

NoSQL databases (such as MongoDB) give developers much more freedom in how to store their data. But this freedom means that there is much more risk that the data gets into a state which can’t be read by the interfacing...

  • Cloud/scalable systems
Opinion

Visioning for Society 5.0

21st September 2018

Having worked closely with many leading Japanese companies, I have always been impressed with their long-term mindset and the strong sense of social responsibility. Nothing illustrates this better that the leading role Japan...

  • Innovation management
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

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

The power shift of Bluetooth

13th September 2018

14 years have passed since the first Bluetooth chip hit the market. Since then, we’ve been treated to a steady stream of innovation, which has revolutionised how we interact with technology. It’s well understood that...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Embedded software
  • Innovation management
  • Radio systems
  • Signal processing
Vlog

How can we automate the valuation of e-waste?

11th September 2018

e-waste can be a literal gold mine when it comes to recovering materials, but how to you identify and classify the high value from the low value efficiently?

  • AI & Analytics
  • Mechanical engineering
Opinion

Demanufacturing and recycling electric bikes

28th August 2018

Demanufacturing and recovery of the embedded raw materials in the battery, electric motor and control unit could address some of the issues the electric bike parts suppliers are facing.

  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

Independent design review - rooting out unreliability

31st July 2018

Product failures are bad for everyone. Whether it be the customer who has purchased something that breaks, or the manufacturer or distributor who honours the warranty claim.

  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Product realisation
Whitepaper

Extracting value from e-waste

24th July 2018

Year on year we’re producing more and more waste electronics – e-waste. Recovering the valuable materials embedded in e-waste will become significantly more important. At present this is a highly manual process...

  • Innovation management
  • AI & Analytics
  • 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
Opinion

When is a thin battery a useful battery?

29th June 2018

As technology advances, devices tend to get smaller and lighter. So, we just need thinner batteries right? Let me explain why this is not necessarily true.

  • Electronics & ASICs
Opinion

Plastic isn’t bad – just stop dumping it in the sea! (and realise its value)

8th June 2018

We all know about the problem of plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans, but do you know where it comes from? You may be surprised.

  • Innovation management