The latest thought leadership from our expert teams

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?

  • Machine learning & AI
  • 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
Opinion

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?

  • Machine learning & AI
  • Mechanical engineering
Report

Next-gen surgical navigation: democratizing surgery by 2030?

6th September 2018

Our reliance on machines has grown exponentially since the industrial revolution. With the advent of navigation systems, autopilot became a standard on most commercial flights. Space exploration is an even more extreme...

  • Robotics
Opinion

CAR-T on the NHS - great potential, big challenges

5th September 2018

News that the NHS will offer CAR-T therapy is welcome but big challenges lie ahead in making it available to a all patients. New automated manufacturing processes are essential to bring down the price and ensure the benefits of CAR-T therapy become reality...

  • Sensing
  • Synthetic biology
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

Multispectral imaging in agriculture

14th August 2018

Collecting detailed information on crop health and yield is becoming an integral part of modern agriculture. Isobel Ashbey looks at recent developments.

  • Optics
  • Physical sciences
  • Sensing
Opinion

Developing a vision system to value waste PCBs

13th August 2018

Intern Ben writes about how his team came up with a vision system that could improve the profitability and efficiency of the e-waste recycling industry.

  • Data science & analytics
  • Machine learning & AI
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
Opinion

Current progress with the Digital Health Software Pre-Cert Program

19th July 2018

The FDA is changing what is regulated and what not, and how.  New openings are arising out of the shift in this line.  In additional, medical devices are no longer just ‘devices’; Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) is a whole...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital health
  • Product realisation
Opinion

Cool under heat: a device development story

12th July 2018

From idea to product concept. Stuart Watson charts the twists and turns in the story of the 'Cool Device'. Increasing the quality of our lives, as much as their duration, is an active area of technology innovation and investment...

  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • User Experience (UX)
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