Mass manufacturing of affordable contact lenses has seen near-complete automation. But the quality control stages have so far been too challenging for end-to-end automation. Could a smart opto-robotic system undertake the multiple measurements now performed by human operators?

Over 120 million people around the world are estimated to wear contact…

Chris Borroni-Bird, serial innovator in the automotive industry, talks to TTP about current opportunities in autonomous driving, where we might first see the driverless cars in cities, and his most recent project, “Afreecar”.

How did your take on autonomy and sustainable mobility take shape over your career?

When I started managing the fuel cell vehicle programme at Chrysler in the 1990s, I began to…

Ultrasound can be used to charge and power even the smallest implants that are out of reach for inductive power transmission methods. Some implant developers have adopted this approach already, but challenges remain. How will we be able to take full advantage of ultrasound to power future implants?

Active implanted…

Developers of digital health technologies are racing to innovate and improve healthcare. But do they always know enough about the data their platform will be delivering to healthcare professionals to build a digital health solution that will be successful?

Developers of innovative digital health technologies want to provide healthcare staff…

The previous wave of innovation in the contact lens market focused on wearer comfort. Will the next wave of innovation focus on usability? Charlie Constable discusses possible avenues for innovation in the contact lens market.

The contact lens market has entered a challenging phase. Consumers increasingly prefer to buy online…

We’ve long left “chicken-bucket” lidars in the rear-view mirror — is the spray painting approach to point cloud capture the next to go? To achieve the $100 cost target for mass production lidar, providers need to embrace smart sensing, says Ollie Mathews

The need for smarter sensing

An interesting reason for the recent chip shortage…

The trend towards greater miniaturisation offers opportunities for innovation within the implantable pulse generator (IPG) design space. It has put renewed focus on the design of the electronics and mechanical packaging. …

Lidar companies are developing a range of laser beam steering technologies for autonomous vehicles — we at TTP have set ourselves the challenge of designing a “perfect” beam steering unit for next-generation lidar.

Next-generation lidar sensors require technologies for steering the ranging laser over the scene encountered by the vehicle…

The UK and other countries are building a vibrant quantum technology ecosystem that soon needs to become self-sustaining. Will addressing the “quantum technology packaging challenge” more rapidly create a quantum economy that delivers the benefits of Quantum 2.0? A blog by William Hamlyn, Laura Wright and Ben Metcalf.

Key takeaway…

Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) services were first introduced in the 1980s (by MOSIS) to share space on silicon wafers and counteract very high Integrated Circuit (IC) development costs. For ICs, this was relatively straightforward, given the highly standardised fabrication processes and excellent function libraries, which allow developers to efficiently transfer sub-units…

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