The latest thought leadership from our expert teams

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

Experiential sensing

1st June 2018

As major brands strive to maintain consumer relevance, innovative brands will turn to technology for a deeper understanding of their customers.

  • Digital services
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Sensing
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
Opinion

Biomimetics and an arachnophobic engineer

29th May 2018

Biomimetics - learning from nature. Spiders that can jump six times their body length - tough research when you're an arachnophobic engineer.

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physical sciences
Opinion

Thinking big - the Ocado way

25th May 2018

We often ask ourselves what innovation truly means. It’s an important question for any ambitions business to consider as history has shown that a revolution in technology brings far greater benefits than an evolution to a legacy technique.

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Tracking & location
Opinion

Force feedback machining

23rd May 2018

Today’s machine tools are already incredibly sophisticated pieces of technology, but advances in sensing capability and machine learning will enable a step change in manufacturing processes.

  • Machine learning & AI
  • Mechanical engineering
Opinion

Diary of a developer (part 2) – user stories

22nd May 2018

As technology consultants, we know all too well that it takes a lot to turn an innovative idea into an engaging product – or, in this case, demo! – that meets the varied needs of its users. My colleague Jo Davies recently blogged...

  • Human factors
  • Machine learning & AI
Opinion

The future is bright for AI in automotive

22nd May 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in automotive is well established in self-driving cars.  But how far can AI stretch beyond advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and play a much wider role in enhancing...

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