The latest thought leadership from our expert teams

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

Age related change and how technology can help us achieve lifelong health

3rd July 2018

We’re all aware that we’re getting older and that our population is living longer. But what are we doing about it? How are we adapting and learning to plan for lifelong health? If we’re honest, many individuals are probably...

  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Mechanical engineering
Report

Bringing neutrinos to life through augmented reality [infographic]

2nd July 2018

Neutrinos are one of the most important and mysterious subatomic particles in the universe. Our new infographic explains what neutrinos are and why they are so special. We’ve produced this infographic to mark the launch...

  • Augmented reality & virtual reality
  • User Experience (UX)
Peer reviewed research

Efficiency and power limits of electrical and tendon-sheath transmissions for surgical robotics

29th June 2018

Our vision about the future of surgical robotics includes the extension of the minimally invasive benefits of surgical robotics - increasing dexterity with reduced trauma and reduced healing time - to more surgical procedures...

  • Mechanical engineering
  • 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

What does the FCC's decision to repeal network neutrality mean for innovation?

28th June 2018

The net neutrality debate has been ongoing for many years, particularly in the US, and is a complex argument between operators, over-the-top (OTT) companies, civil libertarians and consumer rights groups. At the heart of the discussion...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Radio systems
  • Service design
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

Nintendo Switch: real-world wireless visualisation

11th June 2018

It’s well understood that the number of connected devices will grow exponentially over the coming years. The most disruptive innovation will see connectivity introduced to traditional non-wireless products, or elements of products...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
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
Opinion

Ice is the future of air conditioning

5th June 2018

Can ice slurry help smooth the peak demand from air conditioning systems by storing 'cold'? Air conditioning is set to become the greatest domestic energy consumer in the world, as average temperatures...

  • Fluids & thermodynamics
Opinion

Vertical farming: from Babylon to New York

4th June 2018

Today we are using almost all available arable land on the earth, so where to next? Vertical farming could be part of the answer, but there are some challenges to overcome before it can reach its full potential.

  • Strategic advice
Opinion

Sensing the need for cockpit innovation

30th May 2018

There’s a lot written about new sensors that are used in cars to make them more autonomous or safer. LIDAR, radar and externally facing cameras are often mentioned. However, in the automotive market...

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Machine learning & AI