Engineers have shown it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images. Known as a Sonopill, the device could one day replace the need for patients to undergo an endoscopic examination, where a semi-rigid scope is passed into the bowel – an invasive procedure that can be painful. Micro-ultrasound images also have the advantage of being better able to identify some types of cell change associated with cancer.
With increased deliveries from online shopping taking a toll on streets and cities, Ford is teaming up with Agility Robotics to explore a new frontier in the world of autonomy – the final step of delivery, getting the package from the vehicle to the door.
The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) has appointed former Royal Academy of Engineering President Sir John Parker as its new Patron. Sir John will replace outgoing Patron Beverley Bell CBE, the former Traffic Commissioner, at the Society’s AGM in July.
Prototype parts have been developed by the University of Sheffield AMRC for a company aiming to disrupt the mechanical power transmission market with its redesign of the roller chain – producing one that promises to be more durable, lightweight and low maintenance.
Worcestershire and the West Midlands is building its digital capability fast: 5G, superfast broadband, Wi-Fi 6 trials and “digital factories”. Now there is help with training, as the West Midlands Combined Authority launches 'Beat the Bots', a £5 million fund to help SMEs with digital training to upgrade workers’ skills.
Primary school pupils from ten schools across the Coventry and Warwick area will take part in a celebration event and competition on the 11th June hosted by Schneider Electric and Primary Engineer, to showcase the results of their hands-on experience of designing, building and styling their own electric vehicle.