The latest thought leadership from our expert teams

Whitepaper

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
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
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Sensing
Whitepaper

The drug-free approach for managing menopausal hot flushes

27th June 2018

This new whitepaper provides insights gained from a series of workshops into women's experiences of menopausal hot flushes, and how these insights can inform the design of (drug-free)...

  • Digital health
  • Innovation management
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

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 new, fast developing area. The FDA is shifting how to manage the regulatory burden, and shifting some of that burden back to industry. How this impacts how companies do business in this space is explored.

  • 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
Opinion

Multi-disciplinary solutions for water management and treatment

10th July 2018

Most simple, single-discipline, approaches to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have been well explored. The next phase of solutions will be more complex and multi-disciplinary, for example, combining AI, sensing, fluid dynamics...

  • Digital services
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Sensing
Peer reviewed research

Adding Electronics to the Breezhaler®: Satisfying the Needs of Patients and Regulators

4th July 2018

Low adherence to therapy is a recognized issue in respiratory disease and has driven the development of electronic sensors for monitoring inhaler use. To date, sensors for dry powder inhalers (DPIs) have...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital health
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Embedded software
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Sensing