One of the biggest challenges facing robotics engineers is the development of sensors able to gather visual data at the speed and accuracy needed for rapid and correct decision-making, and that are light enough to be incorporated into small and mobile devices, such as drones.In this Future Tech interview we talk with the founder of Ocular Robotics, Mark Bishop, and commercial director, Dr Ramin Rafiei, about the technology the company has developed to solve these problems, and the application possibilities it opens up.
Until now there’s been no easy way to capture a 3D representation of an object, communicate that representation and easily recreate it. Russell Consadine’s DottyView technology changes all that.In this Future Tech interview, Consadine explores the potential applications for his technology, in areas ranging from customer service, consumer product guides and maintenance at remote oil and gas facilities.
Augmented reality is a broad term encompassing technologies that add information to our, generally visual, experiences of the real world. Examples include: nutrition information about a product on a supermarket shelf, the identity of a person using facial recognition technology, multiple views of a sporting event, or value and location information on a property for sale.In this Future Tech interview, we speak with augmented reality pioneer, Scott O’Brien. He examines some of the current and emerging applications for augmented reality, looks at the key enabling technologies, and at recent acquisitions as global players move to gain an early lead in the field.
One of the main obstacles to enterprise cloud service adoption is the perception of lack of control. Companies want the surety of knowing where their data is, how it’s being carried around, as well as guaranteed performance. There are also a variety of clouds — Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, carrier clouds, sensor clouds, other IoT clouds and private clouds, all of which need to interconnect, with consistent performance.Serenus a Sydney-based start-up, has been awarded several patents as well as a NSW Innovation R&D grant for its work on VPNscope, a tool that takes real-time feeds to determine end-to-end network performance across cloud environments all the way to end user devices — automating on-demand capacity management, as well as calculating the performance of the individual infrastructure elements involved in the delivery of end-to-end services over a cloud network.In this Future Tech interview, we speak to Serenus Founder Ross Goodfellow, about enterprise cloud requirements, and their innovative cloud management tools.
3D printing is set to be one of the hottest technologies of the coming decade. However, most people don’t think of food and 3D printing at the same time.Natural Machines is aiming to change that. They’ve designed a 3D food printer (Foodini) that uses real ingredients to create everything from pastas, pizzas, burgers, bread, cookies, and almost anything else that takes time and effort to assemble and shape. And, it’s an IoT device — able to pull recipes and food shapes from the Internet, as well as dialoguing with other smart kitchen devices.In this Future Tech interview, we speak to co-Founder Lynette Kucsma about what may very well be tomorrow’s must-have kitchen appliance.
Optus CEO Allen Lew kicked off a firestorm at the CommsDay Summit when he talked about offering a premium Netflix (or other video content) service with guaranteed performance. In Lew's speech he suggested that OTT video providers could pay for better end-to-end connectivity by working with telcos to ensure a better service for their customers.Lot’s of people are crying foul: saying that this would violate the principle of net neutrality, wherein network providers are obligated to treat all traffic — regardless of its origin or content type — equally. The idea is that all services offered to customers should have a level playing field in competing with one another for delivery across the Internet.
Given our recent focus on the nexus of science and sci-fi, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at a recent science fiction show, Extant (starring Halle Berry), to see how well Extant’s predictions for 2030-2040 line up with real world emerging technologies, and our futurist views.
For over 100 years science fiction stories have provided a fertile ground for imaging the world of tomorrow, often inspiring real world scientific research and technology innovation.Star Trek is a great example of a science fiction universe that’s had a huge influence on the world of science and technology — introducing concepts such as the communicator (mobile phone), tricorder (mobile health apps and wearables), replicator (3D printing), faster than light travel, and transporters.In the second part of our Future Tech interview with Dr Paul Halpern, noted science author and Professor of Physics, we continue our discussion on the nexus of science and sci-fi.
In the first part this Future Tech interview, Dr Paul Halpern, noted science author and Professor of Physics, explores the nexus of science and sci-fi in futurism, to see what that might tell us about how technology could evolve over the next decade or so. A common theme among scientists who read science fiction is that it sparks their imagination, and then they find ways of inventing things.Some of the technologies predicted in science fiction include submarines (1870), the atomic bomb (1914), robotics (1939), getting news from phones (1943), satellites (1945), exponential growth in computer processing power (1956) and mobile phones (1966).Of course, not all predictions pan out — and, we're still waiting for teleportation and time travel!
3D printing is set to transform many industries, none more so than manufacturing. Today, many items are outsourced to overseas manufacturers because of lower labour costs. With 3D printing the labour costs associated with production will plummet, making local manufacturing much more competitive. In the future, robot factories may even detect a need for a replacement part and automatically print and install it, with no human intervention required.Retailers such as Nike are already experimenting with mass customisation. In a few years, everything that a consumer may want — from clothing to makeup to vases, dishware, you name it, customisation options will become more and more pervasive on the back of increasingly sophisticated 3D scanning.In the second part of our Future Tech interview with Ginna Raahauge, Senior Vice-President and CIO of Riverbed (and long-time 3D printing enthusiast), we continue our discussion on 3D printing.