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PTC continues its charge towards Internet of Things, acquires connectivity provider Axeda

Published 24 July 2014

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Article tagged with: ptc, acquisition, technology hype cycle, technology, internet of things, tech, thingworx, iot, axeda

PTC’s second big IoT acquisition sees it pushing to lead the sector


PTC has announced its forthcoming acquisition of Axeda, an Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity provider that offers companies a secure way to connect their products to the cloud.

Teamed up with its take over of ThingWorx in December of 2013, in PTC’s own words, it signals how serious they are about offering solutions for closed-loop lifecycle management and enabling the design of products for IoT use.

Core to Axeda’s technology is secure connectivity and remotely monitoring and management of a wide range of machines, sensors, and devices.

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Tour of Britain - Asylum SFX move the cogs for Transport for London

Published 23 July 2014

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Article tagged with: solidworks, london, bicycle, bike, tour de france, water-jet, sfx, asylum, tour of britain, cycle

The TFL journey plan poster for London anticipating the Tour of Britain visiting the capital

With the Grande Départ having long left Yorkshire, and before Le Tour started for real on the continent, the Tour de France’s peloton passed through humble London town - generally ballsing up the weekend traffic.

Ever the sage minds, Transport for London (TFL) anticipated this and produced some literature to remind the local chimney sweeps and the like, with the resulting poster showing the city skyline forming the sprockets of a bicycle.

The job was taken on by Asylum SFX, a company that has worked on some spectacular TV and movie special effects in its time, but also does some strange and interesting concept work, sometimes straying into the more everyday product design spectrum.

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Odlo sportswear - Keeping the sportsmen winning and the boys downstairs warm

Published 23 July 2014

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Article tagged with: design, fashion, apparel, pattern, odlo, modaris, lectra

Sochi 2014 cross-country skiing gold medalist Dario Cologna is a big fan of Odlo’s underwear

In the midst of our brief London summer (a two-week ‘heatwave’ before going back to cloud and rain) its hard to imagine an office of busy little Swiss people designing performance sportswear for the depths of winter.

Established in 1946 in Norway, and a Swiss company since 1986, Odlo is the European ‘leader in sports underwear’, a much fought for title, and is proud of its technological innovation in this area.

Providing world champion cross-country skiers, alpine skiers and other snow lovers with specialist under garments, to develop its design process further it has taken on Lectra Modaris 3D software, giving it the upper hand when delving down below for form and fit.

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Hexagon acquires Vero CAM software

Published 21 July 2014

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Article tagged with: cam, vero software, vero, visi, hexagon metrology, hexagon, visi software

Hexagon has acquired UK CAM software company Vero

Sweden-based Hexagon, most commonly known for its metrology and geospatial measurement solutions, has announced its takeover of Vero software.

Vero is well-known for its product portfolio including Alphacam, Edgecam, Radan, SURFCAM, VISI, and WorkNC, supplying products to more than 45 countries, and being based in the UK.

For Hexagon the acquisition strengthens its software offerings, providing the means to close the gap of making data fully actionable by extending the reach of its newly developed Metrology Planning Software (MMS) to include CAM.

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The 7 best British graduate designers of 2014

Published 18 July 2014

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Article tagged with: design, jobs, product design, london, university, new designers, graduate, graduates, product design jobs

The seven best graduate designers that we found on our journeys this year

As the graduate shows across the country finally close their doors, we took the chance to visit as many as possible, including the now standard New Designers show in London.

Like with most years, there was great variety in the projects, making it hard work to pick out individuals as the majority of the projects were so incomparable.

Yet, as always we persevered, from Northumbria in the north to Plymouth in the south, arriving with our magnificent 7 from the graduate year of 2014. Take a look and let us know your thoughts:

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Grab your duty free: Delta’s Innovation Class is coming in to land

Published 15 July 2014

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Article tagged with: aerospace, ted, pebble, innovation class, delta

Delta Innovation Class lets a lucky passenger sit next to an industry mentor

Over the last few months Delta has been offering Innovation Class on its flights, giving a lucky customer the chance to sit next to some of the smartest people in the world in technology, business and the arts at 35,000ft.

Far be it from their co-passenger to steal their armrest, eat their mini-pretzels and fall asleep on their shoulder snoring; Delta try to find people that could benefit from the experience - on the first trip sitting digital visualisation geek James Patten next to Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky, and letting him pick his brain.

“It’s important to remember that people are the ones behind technology, both from the creators and the users. One of the coolest things you can do as a creator is go and talk to people,” said Migicovsky, preparing to board his flight.

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Aston Martin - The world of branded products gets louder

Published 15 July 2014

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Article tagged with: automotive, aston martin, audio, audiomoda, speaker, hifi

The Aston Martin Zygote - a branded wireless speaker for the more discerning petrol head

This month, in conjunction with the seemingly brand-new Norwegian audio brand AudioModa, Aston Martin has released the Zygote - a home speaker packed with the latest wireless technology, and looking a bit like an oversized pebble*

We’re all aware of the branding power a prestige car marque has and the depths to which a marketing department will delve to rake every last penny of it’s worth.

Most of us are able to recognise the prancing horse, the three-pointed star of Mercedes, the double-R of Rolls Royce - all of which from actual cars, or from the landfill sized mountains of horrible branded tat, usually adorning F1 fans or stuffy old car club types.

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