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  • Why modular design makes easy work of outdoor adventures

    April 20, 2017 By Cate Lawrence

     It stands to reason that people involved in outdoor pursuits such as camping and hiking want their equipment to be versatile and multifunctional. Most outdoor equipment needs to be compact and easily transportable. Items that serve more than one purpose are preferable to single use items in terms of portability and sustainability. Outdoor wear has long adopted this ethos with items such as modular gloves and trousers popular to wear. Advances in design (including the materials goods are made from)... View Article

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    Mini Series Part 1: The Air Quality Module

    January 9, 2017

    Air pollution is a significant problem in many parts of the world. It’s not uncommon to see pictures of parts of China through a haze of smog. However the problem of air pollution is not limited to China, impacting in cities ranging from Berlin, Krakow and London to California and New Delhi.  It’s cited that 6.5 million deaths per year can be attributed to air pollution according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), much greater than the number from HIV/AIDS,... View Article

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    How Modular IoT Technology Will Help Manage Thunderstorm Asthma

    December 6, 2016 By Cate Lawrence

    Imagine a situation where thousands of people all of a sudden find themselves unable to breathe. Thousands of people present themselves to hospitals and doctors surgeries struggling with wheezing, coughing and a shortness of breath. Some are turning blue. 1900 people call emergency services for an ambulance over 5 hours, the demand far exceeding supply. Many people end up in hospital and 8 die. It’s not a gas leak or smoke from an industrial fire. Instead, it’s the respiratory condition... View Article

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    Disrupting Your Brain: The Cloud’s the Limit

    November 4, 2016 By Cate Lawrence

    Futurist forecasters, technologists and transhumanists, are all thinking about a world where the relationship between medical science and technology reveals greater knowledge about the human brain and how we understand, supplement and improve our understanding of brain functionality. The reality is that the technology has made scientific discoveries more common and more precise, perhaps nowhere more radically than in medical science. Neuroscience in particular has been subject to some of the most advanced developments from treating debilitating illnesses to training... View Article

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    Cyborgs: Another Reason to Love Modularity

    October 24, 2016 By Cate Lawrence

    As technology moves at a rapid pace it’s easy to get caught up in the latest trends and fads without considering the many hours of planning, research, prototyping and manufacturing that have gone into creating hardware devices that have a transformative function in the lives of many people.  One area where this is most evident is through wearable body parts and devices that are getting lighter, more agile and smarter with every year that passes. From Cochlear implants to artificial hearts, the notion... View Article

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    The Hard and Soft of Augmented Reality

    October 5, 2016 By Cate Lawrence

    Augmented reality (AR) is coming to personal hardware. We’re moving on from the keyboard and into a range of devices from headsets to mobiles to contact lenses. Here we take a look at some of the latest applications and the role that modular devices can play. AR disrupts traditional technology 2.0 companies Traditional 2.0 tech companies are opting in on hardware to get ready for the mainstream adoption of AR. Snapchat have recently joined the hardware market with the upcoming release... View Article

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    7 Medical Devices We’d Like to Go Modular

    September 30, 2016 By Cate Lawrence

    Every day, there seems to be another advancement in medicine. Whilst medical treatments increase the longevity and quality of life, the way that health is monitored is changing. The increasing popularity of wearable devices and health apps enables people to get greater insight into their health than ever before as wearable devices can track sleep duration and quality, calorie intake, acceleration, frequency, duration, intensity and patterns of movement and health markers such as heart rate and blood pressure. It follows... View Article

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    5 Reasons Why Amsterdam Is the World’s Smartest City

    September 28, 2016 By Cate Lawrence

    When you think of Amsterdam you tend to think of a city of canals, cannabis and culture with a cycle-mad population. But beyond the overt tourist towns is a city that has embedded the Internet of Things into its ecosystem so successfully that it’s considered one of Europe’s (and arguably the world’s), most successful smart city. Despite the virtues of healthy cycling Amsterdam’s relatively small size, density and fixed urban infrastructure means that urban growth can contribute to increased problems... View Article

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    Why (and How To) Build a Smart City?

    September 22, 2016

    It seems almost every time you read about local urban development in the media it is with the message about a particular city becoming or showcasing their successes as a ‘smart city’. Since the development of the public internet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sensor technology and the Internet of Things we have seen smart cities around the world develop and flourish from Austria to Zagreb and everywhere in between. There are certain characteristics that seems synonymous with smart cities and it’s worth... View Article

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    6 Ways IoT is Facilitating Better Homes and Workplaces

    September 19, 2016

    Connected homes and buildings are growing increasingly common as people opt to automate their existing home with smart devices which enable security, lighting and utility regulation and monitoring, to name but a few functions. In the US automated security systems are the most popular form of home automation yet are still only – of homes. Where IoT is set to come into it’s own is in the design and construction in the near and distant future. We are just about... View Article

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