Connected products are changing the way we live, work and play. The Internet of Things presents magnificent possibilities to rethink products, compete in new markets and create extraordinary customer experiences. Our starting point in developing smart products is exploring and understanding the potential for innovation that the idea has, and how the data it generates can be transformed into value to the user and a competitive advantage for the manufacturer.
The connected nature of a smart product means that we must develop all aspects of the product system too. From the sensor technologies and electronics through to the algorithms, APIs, cloud data processing services, and software that make it possible to use and analyse the data, integrate third-party data, automate functions and personalise products.
We work with both established wireless technologies such as WiFi, 2/3/4G and Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), and new open wireless protocols like LoRa, ZigBee and Thread that connect smart devices in a decentralized mesh network. Then there are ultra-narrowband technologies like SIGFOX, which is developing a global cellular Internet of Things network.
These new technologies are expanding the possibilities for the Internet of Things every day. They are low-power and are making it possible to create low-cost city-wide, country-wide or global networks of ‘things’.
The Dawn of Wireless ChargingSeptember 20, 2017
Ok - so the heart rate has gone down again, life can slowly get back to normal. Apple have finally released the product we all already knew about. One upgrade to the flagship phones is wireless charging. If we are being technically correct, consumer grade wireless charging solutions have been kicking around for at least a decade. The basic technology ...
Big news at the Central Research LaboratoryJune 5, 2017
I was in London last week and decided to pop along to an event at the CRL (Maker Connections) in Hayes and Harrington. What with Cross Rail and mega development, the area is changing faster than a Lean Startup. It was great to catch up with Mat Hunter (mega experienced hardware developer) and also a previous NDP mentor, Mandy Nyarko, who is ...
NDP CEO Jacob Skinner is Riding For CharityMay 25, 2017
So I have signed up to ride from Paris to London next month in aid of charity ‘Room to Read’. Room to Read targets a fundamental solution to many of the worlds problems, that of education. By establishing schooling for girls and children across the developing world, Room to Read have supported over 10 million kids worldwide. This 3 day 320km ...