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Snact – making snacks out of ‘waste’

Snact is another example of a new company being formed to address ethical and/or environmental concerns.  They make fruit snacks from ugly and unwanted fruit that would otherwise be thrown away by British farmers, because they do not meet the … Continue reading

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Gumdrop – making plastic and rubber compounds out of chewing gum

This is gob-smacking in more ways than one!  First, it seems that used chewing gum can be transformed into rubber and plastic compounds.  Second, it seems there is enough of the stuff to make it economically worthwhile to do this. … Continue reading

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Fusion? A joint China, EU, India, Korea, Russia and United States project

It is not often that you hear about all these countries collaborating together on a single project.  But for the last ten years that is what they have been doing.  And it is planned to continue for another 25 years … Continue reading

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IKEA’s design ethos – think like a software company & open source?

IKEA’s Delaktig sofa comes with a multitude of click-on accessories, as this article explains.   But what is really interesting, from an operations point of view, is how they are thinking about design. One aspect of this is ‘thinking like … Continue reading

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Photonic chips with everything

Is there a limit to how fast and how powerful computers can be?  According to Moore’s Law, the power and speed of devices doubles every two years.  But as this occurs we are getting close to the physical limit that … Continue reading

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The beauty of 3D printing

This small story about biologist Adele Bakhtiarova setting up a company called Voir Creations to 3D print customised eyelash curlers caught my eye.  It illustrates a number of interesting points… 1.  Entrepreneurs often emerge due to an obsession they have … Continue reading

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Fashion on show

We have blogged about the Farnborough Air Show, which is a major global event for the aerospace industry.  At the other end of the manufacturing spectrum, there is London Fashion Week – which is taking place right now.  To get some … Continue reading

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Google Glass – what went wrong?

I’ve blogged about Google Glass and speculated how operations might be changed by this new technology.  But it seems this not going to happen.  Google have withdrawn the product from the market.  What’s going on?  Well, according to this New … Continue reading

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Images from the the Innovation workshop

Here are some images from the innovation workshop I have been running at Surrey.  The delegates were set the design challenge of redesigning the hotel housekeeping trolley, and hence the process of cleaning hotel rooms.   Some great ideas emerged … Continue reading

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Innovation workshop – structured chaos and planned creativity (I hope!)

I am running a two day workshop for hotel chain executives from China this week.   They do not know it yet, but I am going to get them to redesign the hotel housekeeping trolley – which really means rethinking the … Continue reading

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