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Design Council launches £300k “Big Idea” Fund

The Design Council has launched a £300,000 design innovation initiative aimed at identifying young designers in the field of physical product innovation. Emily Tulloh, a final-year Brunel University London product design student, 21, was chosen to represent young British product design at the launch of the “Spark” initiative…

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Comment: Frequency-flexible timing systems reduce network complexity

Frequency-flexible timing systems reduce the complexity of converged data centre networks by Phil Callahan, Senior Marketing Manager, Timing Products, Silicon Labs. Skyrocketing network bandwidth demands driven by consumer mobile devices and cloud-based streaming services and online gaming are pushing Internet Infrastructure equipment suppliers to develop data centre systems…

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Synapse designs a server

Synapse Design, the San Jose IC design house, has branched out to produce a reference design for a server which opens up the world of customised servers to medium-sized organisations…

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Drones to take IoT to remote regions of the world

Portugal firm Quarkson has built an unmanned aerial vehicle capable of flying around the world and acting as a communications satellite. Called SkyOrbiter LA25, the drone is being proposed as a cost-effective way of providing internet communications to remote areas of the world where building terrestrial communications networks would…

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UK radar tracking technology scans Korean DMZ

Cambridge Pixel supplied software for radar scan visualisation to Blighter Surveillance Systems for use as part of a persistent surveillance capability along the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), a buffer zone running 250km across the Korean peninsula and separating North and South Korea. The software provides target track identification, such as…

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Scottish vote - has anyone considered the internet angle?

We all know that Scotland will have the opportunity to vote for independence this week. We have heard all the political and financial arguments for and against an independent Scotland, but has anyone considered a more practical issue – what internet domain name would an independent Scotland have? Stuart Fuller, director…

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Samsung embeds Sensory voice triggers in wearables

Samsung has selected to use embedded speech control technology from US firm Sensory in its Galaxy smartphones, tablets and wearables. This is voice control software used for handfree operation. The quality of the technology is its capability to operate in presence of background noise and without requiring the speaker to…

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Live stream: government's open data policy discussed

TechUK is running a live stream of its conference on the government’s open data policy in London at 11.30 (BST). The purpose of the session will be to hear about the Cabinet Office’s work to date and direction on Open Data, including a briefing from Paul Maltby…

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