Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Software and the Internet

Software in Space: Astro Pi

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 19 January 2016

Tim Peake holds a Raspberry Pi

Pocket sized and costing just pocket change, the Raspberry Pi is the fastest selling personal computer to come out of the UK, with almost 8 million units sold to date.  And in the few short years since its launch, it sure has gone a long way!

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Juergen Maier: How will a shortage of engineers affect the industry?

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  • 18 January 2016

The engineering industry is seeing an increasing shortage of engineers. Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, identifies which engineering disciplines are affected and what can be done to solve the issue.

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James Goodfellow: Inventor of the PIN

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  • 14 January 2016

ATM Keypad - PIN invented by James Goodfellow

Software engineering in today’s world is a big business, and software engineers have become our everyday heroes.  Zuckerberg has become a household name, supermodels are leading girls into the world of coding, and Academy Awards are being won by software engineers for computer generated cinema.  Programming is becoming cool, and so it should.

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Juergen Maier: Opportunities for young engineers

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  • 11 January 2016

The engineering industry is changing, opening up new opportunities for young people to work in software and digital fields. In an interview with Keshini Navaratnam, Juergen Maier, UK CEO of Siemens, shares his perspective on the evolving industry and the way Siemens are working to inspire young people.

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The future of fashion: Internet-connected clothing

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  • 8 January 2016

Cutecircuit dress

The internet has changed every part of society, from our homes and workplaces to the way we shop and educate ourselves. One of the more unusual ways the internet is being used is to enhance and personalise clothing. Wearable technology pioneers CuteCircuit have been a driving force in the fashion world since 2004, creating garments which utilise the internet in innovative ways.

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5 engineering websites you need to check out

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 17 December 2015

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Engadget

Engadget describes itself as ‘the definitive guide to this connected life.’ Primarily a technology site, they also have a science section and feature articles on energy, smart devices and cars. If you’re interested in finding out about the latest devices and developments in the tech industry, visit www.engadget.com

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Wearables: the future of technology

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 1 October 2015

Recently, there has been an explosion in the popularity of wearable technology across the world. Wearable devices promise to enhance our lives, integrating technology into everyday clothing and jewellery. Here are some of the latest and more unusual devices to hit the wearable technology scene.

Braille smartwatch

For the blind and visually impaired, there are many barriers to engaging with technology. When using smart phones and watches, users often have to rely on text readers to read messages aloud to them. Tech company the Dot have challenged this, by creating a new smartwatch which converts messages into Braille. It uses an ‘active Braille’ system, which enables the wearer to keep their finger still on the screen whilst metal pins rise and fall, creating a moving message.

Wearable devices: the Dot smartwatch

Image by The Dot.

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