Category: Business Market News

The stealthy little drones that fly like insects

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Engineers admire the dragonfly’s flying ability, but have found it impossible to mimic When Storm Ciara swept across the UK in February, Alex Caccia was strolling on Oxford’s Port Meadow watching birds take to the air. He marvelled at their indifference to high winds: “While airliners were grounded by the weather the birds couldn’t… Read more →

With humans vulnerable: How about a digital helper?

Image copyright Cloudminds Image caption The XR-1 at a hospital in China Since February, California-based manufacturer CloudMinds has shipped more than 100 robots to China. Many of those have gone to hospitals, where the XR-1 provides information to patients and helps guide visitors to the right department. The artificial intelligence (AI) incorporated into the machines means they can operate on… Read more →

Stressed firms look for better ways to source products

Image copyright Onduline Image caption Onduline products are sold in more than 100 countries Maxime Firth’s business is complicated to manage, even in good times. His company, Onduline, turns recycled fibres into roofing material, after dousing them with bitumen to make them waterproof, and sells products in 100 countries. Its eight production plants span from Nizhny Novgorod in Russia and… Read more →

Mobilising Scotland’s ‘tech army’ – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Millions are working from home, in a shift that is likely to have permanent sticking power, bringing digital technology and telecoms to the fore. There are worries that smaller digital firms will fall through the cracks in government support schemes, but also opportunities to be doing more while on furlough, with a ‘tech army’. Employment intentions… Read more →