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Innovation Observatory researches, analyses and interprets fast-moving technology markets to help our clients:
  • identify great product or service investment opportunities
  • avoid wasting time and money on the wrong products, services or markets
  • change their competitive positioning and strategies
  • find new customers
  • create compelling marketing and sales messages and materials that resonate with their target audience.

We combine best-in-class research, analysis and consulting techniques with deep sector knowledge and a track record of demonstrating how technology markets evolve. We are currently working in the telecoms, IT, media, health and environmental technology sectors.

How healthy is energy harvesting in the medical field, and what’s the prognosis?

The only certain thing in electronics is that active devices need power; the rest is optional. There are several ways to provide power. For small devices, the most common currently is batteries, and they require changing or recharging ... But for the growing field of implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, battery replacement involves an invasive surgical procedure risking internal bleeding, inflammation and infection, all of which would be unnecessary if the promise of energy harvesting is realised...

There are a number of options to power medical devices through harvesting ambient energy sources in the human body such as heat, movement, or pressure.  Various research studies that we describe later show that the power that can be gleaned from energy harvesting devices is in the nanowatt to microwatt range, which would be enough to power a device. An increasing number of studies and experiments seem to confirm that energy harvesting can be a solution to provide that needed power.

Joseph’s technocapable coat: energy harvesting for smart clothes

Smart clothes are the territory where style and science are destined to meet. Their rendezvous is already taking place, giving garments a whole host of innovative applications, such as charging depots for personal electronic gadgets, fitness trackers for capturing biometric data and colour-changing fashionable assets that go with everything. After a slow start technology-laden clothing is now available. Practical energy harvesting would drive development faster: there are clear practical problems with plugging clothes in to charge – not least because washing and electricity generally don’t go well together.

Lidar for riders on the autonomous car storm: Lidar and computer vision systems from 1995 to today

The story starts in 1995. A silver Mercedes Benz S-Class W140 drags past more conservative drivers on the German Autobahn at 110 miles per hour (180km/h). It might sound like nothing out of the ordinary. Except this car had a cool name: VaMP. And it was autonomous ...

Autonomous vehicles could spell the end of urban design as we know it

Ever since the first mass produced cars made it to the roads in the early 20th century, the whole urban infrastructure has been designed to accommodate them. Modern cities are automobile-centred by default, although side effects like congestion, slow commutes and shortage of parking spaces often cast doubt on that statement. Today’s vehicles are evolving fast, adopting more and more autonomous features on their way towards fully fledged self-driving status. Cities can’t afford to fall behind in their effort to remain fit for the autonomous vehicles (AVs) of the near future.

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