These graphene products were all developed in Manchester

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Since it was first isolated by two professors working at the University of Manchester, graphene has been hailed as a kind of wonder material. The 2D material is just one layer of atoms thick. Professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov first isolated the material by peeling individual layers off graphite using Scotch Tape. Their work, […]


Professional-grade PCB design software for all types of businesses

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Fuelled by a demand for ever more sophisticated electronics and driven by Moore’s law of technological improvement, the pressure is always on PCB designers to get better. It has also led to massive improvements in the software that designers and engineers use in development. But as the necessary tools have got better, many of the […]


Raspberry Pi projects you can tackle with the kids this Easter

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Like the BBC Micro in its day, the Raspberry Pi mini-computer is an accessible way to get children and families into the world of computer hardware and coding/programming. The Cambridge based company works to empower people all over the world through ‘digital making’. Able to solve the problems of today and equipped for the jobs […]


What can the electronics industry expect from Brexit?

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British tech companies and electronics manufacturers face a number of opportunities and threats in the near and long term future. Since the Brexit vote the electronics sector, as well as the economy more generally, has performed better than many economists predicted. Now, after Theresa May has put a little more flesh on the bones of […]


Brexit shake up of the consumer electronics industry

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We are close to closing a topsy-turvy year that has mixed up the consumer electronics industry. Seismic political shifts both at home and abroad have had a huge impact on prices for these goods and there is already some evidence of an impact on the electronics supply chain too. Rising prices for consumers Brexit sent […]


Hi5 Electronics exhibiting at the Engineering Design Show

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The Engineering Design Show, incorporating the Electronics Design Show and the Embedded Design Show will go ahead next week for the fifth year running. And Hi5 Electronics is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting again this year, albeit on a slightly moved stand. This year you’ll find us on stand G72, on the […]


British scientists share physics Nobel for superconductive findings

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Three British scientists have won the Nobel prize in physics for their work on ‘exotic’ states of matter that could pave the way for quantum computers and more high-performance electronics. David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz won the prize for their work using a branch of maths called topology to explain why some materials […]


VR could be about to change product design forever

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Virtual reality (VR) is the next big thing according to technology evangelists. But it is unclear what kind of impact the visualisation technology will have on our everyday lives. Some of the more puritanical believers say that VR will shape our lives even more than smartphones, particularly when the hardware starts to improve. Others, however, […]


Top electronic product YouTubers

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Louis Rossmann Louis Rossmann has built up something of a cult following on YouTube, primarily for his views about Apple and (often foulmouthed) rants about some of their business practices, particularly as they relate to independent repairers. Mr Rossmann, a consumer electronics repairman based in New York, hit the headlines recently for his support after […]


Google’s latest hardware project teaches kids to code

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A new build-it-yourself hardware project from internet giant Google could be among the best platforms for teaching children how to code. With their Project Bloks, Google aims to use something it calls ‘tangible programming’ to teach the next generation how to code. The research project will create an open hardware platform that developers, designers and […]