Blatchford Group take home UK’s top innovation prize for robotic prosthetic

The UK’s leading prize for innovation in engineering was last night awarded to a team of engineers from Blatchford for the development of the world’s most advanced prosthetic limb.

The Basingstoke based company are world leaders in the field of rehabilitation, developing the first ever prosthetic limb to feature integrated robotic control of the knee and foot.  The smart Linx Limb system constantly monitors the wearer’s movements, adapting automatically to the terrain, allowing the wearer to move with freedom and confidence. 

Last call for schools to visit Make the Future London!

This free festival of ideas and innovation is hosted by Shell at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Showcasing bright ideas from around the world, highlights include:

Live science shows from the likes of The Science Museum and the Royal Institution

Hands-on activities, such as building an Internet of Things devise and cars powered by salt water

Virtual reality experiences to explore engineering in action

Great careers experiences, from quizzes to meeting a Formula One trackside analyst.

Schools are invited to visit with students in Year 6-9 students on Thursday June 30 and Friday July 1, 2016. Teachers can register their interest and read the full terms and conditions at

In conversation with Tamara Holmgren

Last month saw our blog posts focussing around the world of energy, whether it was exploring the use of renewable energy produced by the elements, looking at the latest advances in the use of natural resources, and even analysing the energy produced by people themselves. We rounded off the month with a #MyDayInEnergy campaign, meeting the engineers that keep the lights on, and we quizzed energy engineer Tamara Holmgren about her career in the industry in a live Twitter chat.

In celebration of National Women in Engineering Day (#NWED2016), we thought we would break the 140 character limit and share with you the full story of our conversation on energy.

QEPrize represented in list of Top 50 Women in Engineering

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In honour of National Women in Engineering day, the Daily Telegraph has today published its inaugural list of the top 50 women in engineering.

The list, put together by the Telegraph in collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society, features the UK’s most influential engineers, and counts eight QEPrize ambassadors, judges and search group members among their number.

ERL Emergency: The European Robotics League competition for emergency response robots

On March 2011, a tsunami and earthquake struck the Fukushima Dai-ichi energy plant in Japan, causing a major disaster. Newspapers and television networks showed images of collapsed buildings, tunnels flooded with water and areas subjected to the radiation. As these scenarios place emergency services personnel at great risk using robots could help contain damage and minimize injury or death.

In the last five years, emergency services have deployed several robots in Fukushima to inspect the area and collect data. Some robot surveys were successful while others failed, underlining the pressing need to advance state-of-the-art robotic systems for disaster response.

Robotic Bar sets sail on the Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean cruise ships made headlines earlier this year as the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, pulled into port in Southampton.  After 32 months in construction the ship was finally complete, measuring almost four football fields in length, and built from over half a million individual components.

In addition to the list of superlatives that accompany the record-breaking ship, Royal Caribbean’s floating city also plays home to the tallest slide at sea, spacious state rooms complete with virtual balconies showing real-time views of the ship’s destination, and a bar served entirely by robots.

Threading the way to touch sensitive robots


Fabrics containing flexible electronics are appearing in many novel products, such as clothes with in-built screens and solar panels. More impressively, these fabrics can act as electronic skins that can sense their surroundings and could have applications in robotics and prosthetic medicine. Researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have now developed smart threads that detect the strength and location of pressures exerted on them1.

How BP’s new robot fleet is monitoring the underwater world


It’s been said we know more about the surface of the moon than the world’s oceans, but that could soon change with the advance of robots known as marine autonomous systems (MAS). Loaded with sensors and cameras, these aquatic robots can capture data from the world’s oceans faster, safer and cheaper than ever before.

Marine autonomous systems help BP freely explore its remote offshore operating environments. These vehicles can transmit extraordinary amounts of data in near real-time, so scientists can accurately monitor the oceanic environment, assess risks, or effectively manage a crisis.