Posted By Simon Montford on November 24, 2016
The run up to the festive season is always a busy time for event organisers and delegates alike. Peak conference season means there are so many to choose from, but in order to get the best ROI it's vital to remain laser focused. This is primarily because there are not only financial costs that need to be accounted for, such as travel and accommodation, but also intangible ones. Everything from the amount of emotional energy expended (if you don't feel exhausted after a conference, you're not doing it right), to opportunity costs - time is (or should be) your most valuable asset. Here's a look back at some of the events I attended last month, that were definitely worth expending time and energy for!
Posted By Simon Montford on November 23, 2016
I attended TechExpo which took place at 155 Bishopsgate in London on the 24th and 25th October. The venue had a warm, sophisticated, and contemporary vibe and it was conveniently located within a few minutes' walk from Liverpool Street station. It featured four theatre-style rooms, and an open plan area where attendees could hang out and network. This area was also where the expo was located featuring several augmented and virtual reality demos, an assortment of booths, and a separate section dedicated to fintech startups.
Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 17, 2016
IoT Tech Expo took place in London, 10-11 February 2016. The event covered many different industry sectors including Manufacturing, Transport, Health, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive. Exhibitors from across Europe showcased cutting edge technologies, and over 200 speakers shared industry knowledge and insights. As an official media partner, I attended on behalf of WEB3//IOT. Here are my highlights of the two day event.
Posted By Nicola Osborne on Oct 29 2015
18:15 - 18:20 Simon Montford (WEB3//IOT) @simonmontford
The theme tonight is the maker revolution – the opening up of industrial technologies to amateaur makers. Maker Culture contributes 30 billion to the global economy, so this is a big and growing thing, with Internet of Things at the centre (the recorded livestream can be viewed here).
Posted By Keesjan Engelen on June 25, 2015
Q1 of 2015 saw a record 128 electronic projects raise at least $100K each on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Reaching $100K is often considered a successful campaign, and many think that the founders can take this money to a factory and just get the stuff made. The 4 out of 5 hardware campaigns that don’t manage to ship in time show that most teams still underestimate the DFM (Design For Manufacturing) process. A number of factors complicate things:
Posted By Simon Montford on April 27, 2015
I came across this solar-powered car that is entirely made from 3D-printed parts! It was created by a group of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University undergrads in February. It has around 150 3D-printed parts, and it took 4 months to assemble. It has a top speed of 40 km/h (25 m/h), so I'd imagine it's intended exclusively for urban use.
Posted By Simon Montford on March 12, 2015
Last weekend I attended one of a series of Intel Hardware Hackathons, sponsored by IBM (BlueMix), Intel (Edison), and RSComponents, which took place at FabLab in London. The event was part of a multi-city initiative by Intel to raise awareness of the IoT among the startup community by bringing together software engineers (aka "Hackers") and connected hardware enthusiasts (aka "Makers"). It is hoped that by doing so, innovative prototypes that use Intel's "Do-It-Yourself" Edison circuit board, will be developed that showcase the UK's talent for all things IoT, as well as the board's capabilities.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 18, 2014
Today Virgin Media announced ‘KipstR’, a wearable wristband prototype that pauses TV as you sleep. It was created by a couple of young "Makers" called Ryan Oliver (15) and Jonathan Kingsley (14) after they were commissioned to help create it by Virgin Media, as part of an initiative between the media company and Manchester Creative Studio, called "Switched on Futures".
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 27, 2014
DotLab are developing Open DoVision which aims to become a plug-and-play open-source virtual reality headset that will be available to purchase in Jan 2015 for as little as $85 (£54). The VR headset will be easy to connect via USB and VGA, HDMI and A/V.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 2, 2014
The announcement, that it is now possible to buy a $1,200 machine that allows anyone to 'print' a gun at home, is as scary as it is incredible. We're not talking about one of those resin firearms that looks like a toy gun, we're talking the real mccoy. A highly controversial organisation called Defense Distributed has developed an mini-industrial mill in a box. They call it the Ghost Gunner and it was built with $20 worth of open-source Arduino microcontrollers, a custom-designed spindle and a steel carbide bit.
Posted By Simon Montford on Sept 17, 2014
Academics from the University of Virginia have developed a low cost 3D printable drone powered by an Android smartphone. It was commissioned by the US Department of Defense that need a UAV that could easily be replaced when lost or damaged while undertaking operations out in the field.
The 3D drone printing pioneer and former Pratt & Witney and Rolls-Royce engineer David Sheffler was commissioned by a Prime contractor to design a drone that could carry a payload of 680 grams and have a lifespan of around three years. Also any parts than cannot be printed must be off the shelf. giving a total replacement cost of £2,500.
The 'Razor' as featured in the above video can be pieced together like logo. It weighs around 3kgs, is powered by a micro jet engine and controlled by a Nexus 5 Android smartphone which has been preloaded with a custom avionics app. It can be flown indefinitely providing the operator has 3-4 batteries due to 1hr flying time and 2hrs charging time from a range of up to a mile.
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