UK Invention

Beyond The Valley: Mobile Mutated Your Soul

Jay Sorrels | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Tech
Jay Sorrels

Mobile is the answer... it's how 87%+ of people even in the UK connect with their world, and therefore, brands. Messaging Apps are not some kind of magic hippo chow that lets marketers get up in people's grilles again in the same way in a new place... Messaging and mobile are a filter for fail.

How Etailers Can at Long Last Capture the Passing Online Customer

Dr. David Patterson | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. David Patterson

Only about 25 per cent of online consumers impulse buy - a lot less than when they are in store. It's clear that online stores are currently missing a significant revenue opportunity. Rather than trying to define future purchases based on previous consumer behaviour, ambient ecommerce focuses on the 'here and now'.

Smart Towns, Dumb Cities

David Akka | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Tech
David Akka

There's a revolution occurring in how our urban spaces are managed, but success is less likely to come from grandiose projects and more likely to derive from a series of small improvements... Smart cities are still attainable, but we're learning from experience that the big bang approach isn't always best.

Don't Fear Facebook's Mood Manipulation Study

Chris Harris | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Tech
Chris Harris

Was the study really as sinister as many are making out? I think not... Facebook and other big sites conduct experiments on their users every day, using data to improve their product as well as the user experience... In reality, the #FacebookExperiment is little more than website optimisation.

The Always-On Generation Isn't So Bad

Lucy Cooper | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Tech
Lucy Cooper

Connectedness, as the merging and integration of technology, people, global communities, is 'the real world' today... what young generation hasn't had their own paradigm shift to content with over the years - the sexual revolution, post-war modernism, woman's rights, gay rights, the structure of the workplace, informality, the changing structure of the family unit...

Back to (Feeling Excited About) the Future

Duncan Higgins | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Tech
Duncan Higgins

So how can we, knowing the great leaps that technology has recently made, go back to feeling excited about the future? And is there a way to predict what will happen, without turning to the (probably) unrealisable dream of flying skateboards?

Distracted By Work When on Holiday? You Might Be Suffering From Infobesity

Dave Coplin | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dave Coplin

Nearly half of the UK's office workers are suffering from 'Infobesity', the over-consumption of information. It's making us unhappy, is bad for our health, and hurts our productivity... There must be something wrong with the office culture in many companies when 45% of workers feel that they should reply to work email instantly - no matter where they are or what they're doing.

What Did the World Cup Do for Data Visualization?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

Some stories are best told with visualisation... They aren't flashy; they are simple and designed to convey key information quickly... The amount of data being generated by the World Cup lets us explore anything.

Bringing It Home: The UK is Ready for Robotics

Huw Davies | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Tech
Huw Davies

"How many robots do you encounter during your day?" The answer, I expect, is none... the great news is that we have some fantastic UK entrepreneurs ready, and inspired by the mission, to lead the RAS charge from Europe.

The Great British Take-Off: Brits in Space

Libby Plummer | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Libby Plummer

Next year Tim Peake, a former Major in the British Army Air Corps, will be Britain's first official astronaut to make it into space... Peake will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) where he'll spend six months carrying out experiments on the ESA's Columbus laboratory module.

Apps Will Unlock the True Potential of Wearables

Dr. Steve Garnett | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. Steve Garnett

Analysts forecast that spending on wearable technology will hit $19 billion by 2018; but for wearable device spend to come close to that figure, app developers will need to be encouraged to create with the same vigour and ingenuity we saw at the beginning of the smartphone revolution.

Seeing the Future of Space Clearly

William Pomerantz | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Tech
William Pomerantz

We don't just think about the next flight, we think about what happens 1,000 flights from now, when SpaceShipTwo is being operated by people who haven't even applied for jobs at our company yet... The door to the space frontier is opening.

The Importance of Net Neutrality for the Connected Car

Gary Newe | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

Just as we have freedom of speech and equality in our day-to-day lives, it's only natural that, as we enter a more digitally-centric world, the same practices occur. As internet and connectivity continue to play a huge part in our lives, we need to make sure that net-neutrality also continues to play a part.

Computer Graphics Used to Spark Environmental Action - It's Not Just for Movies and Games

Christopher Kenessey | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Tech
Christopher Kenessey

Computer graphics can help create incredible instances of escapism - but also play a part of helping to change our world for the better... bringing awareness to a quietly devastating issue via a bit of visual trickery.

301+ Interviews: Doctor Puppet

Mat Greenfield | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Tech
Mat Greenfield

Doctor Puppet is a series of stop motion animated shorts featuring characters and concepts from the sci-fi series ... "We are working on episode 6 and it will premiere at the end of August. We're actually doing something really different and exciting".

When Impact Is More Important Than Invention

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Sometimes commercial viability of biomedical inventions or therapeutics exists only in developed countries, even though minor product optimisations could increase access to life-saving medical care in resource-limited settings through cost reduction and functionality additions.

Paper: The Future of Facebook?

Matt Owen | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Tech
Matt Owen

Paper itself is a fairly straightforward news-curation/publishing app, but its launch and recent comments from Mark Zuckerberg about further releases in the near future paint a fascinating picture of Facebook's possible future, one which may be quite different from the ubiquitous social platform we're all so familiar with.

Encouraging Invention in Britain Today

Intelligence Squared | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

We can be proud of the long list of inventions that hail from these islands: the steam engine, railways, steel production, the electric motor, radio, computers, antibiotics, radar, DNA research, industrial automation and the worldwide web have all have their roots in pioneering British work. A Japanese survey once found that 56 per cent of the world's greatest inventions come from these shores.

PM To Launch £1M Invention Prize

PA | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Tech

David Cameron will today launch a new global prize for inventors or scientists who can identify and solve the biggest problem of our time. The gove...

PICS: Would You Ride This Flying Bike To Work?

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Tech

No matter how many blue cycle lanes you paint on the road, cycling in cities is always going to have a certain amount of risk attached. So why not ...

Man Claims To Have Literally Reinvented The Wheel

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Tech

A man claiming to have literally reinvented the wheel has raised more than $25,000 in funding. And oddly enough, inventor David Patrick claims that...

WATCH: Teen's Invention Charges Phones In 20 Seconds

Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Tech

Charging mobile phones is one of those inconvenient niggles which makes you forget you're living in an age when carrying around a hyper-powerful digit...

The Problem with Business Reality TV Shows

Bev James | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK
Bev James

With a new series of Dragons' Den and The Apprentice lined up, the concept of the business reality show is still going strong but are these shows having a positive effect on business management and leadership within the workplace?

VIDEO: 3D Holograms Controlled In Mid-Air

Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Tech

Remember the 3D rotating Death Star from Star Wars? That. Computer whizz Robbie Tilton has built an amazing hologram computer display controlled...

The Digital High Street

Zoe Yates | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Style
Zoe Yates

If high street retailers want to survive, they need to think beyond rails, shelves and flashy looking stores and start connecting with their customers on a meaningful level. Retailers need to bridge the gap between the physical world and the digital world.