No End in Sight for Component Shortage

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An unprecedented increase in demand for components has left many electronics manufacturers unable to get their hands on valuable parts. Although suppliers are starting to ramp up investment and increase capacity, analysts are warning that the supply crisis could run on into 2019 and beyond, leading to even higher prices and longer lead times. Components are […]


Robots you should be afraid of (and some you should pity)

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Late-nineties bash’em crash’em classic Robot Wars disappeared from our TV screens earlier this year after the series re-launch failed to capture hearts and minds with a new generation of viewers. There’s no telling exactly why the Robot Wars re-launch flopped, but we think it has something to do with the rise of smarter, scarier automatons […]


Rise of the hardware hackers

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A series of high-profile hacks has brought more attention to security concerns of connected devices. But how vulnerable is our hardware and how are the risks evolving? Everyday, everybody uses technology that enhances their lives in some small way. And the number of internet-connected devices is getting bigger every day as more individuals and companies […]


Hi5 Electronics at the PCB Design and Manufacture Live

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UK PCB manufacturer Hi5 Electronics will be exhibiting at PCB Design and Manufacture Live next month. It is the UK’s only fully dedicated exhibition for the sourcing of electronic components and services in PCB design and manufacturing processes. Held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on Thursday 10 May, members of the Hi5 team […]


Manchester breakthrough brings flexible screens one step closer

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Flexible televisions, tablets and phones, plus high-performance wearable smart technology have come one step closer thanks to a new nanoscale transistor created by researchers at The University of Manchester and Shandong University in China. These products, which might have seemed like a pipedream a few years ago, are now close to becoming a reality thanks […]


A brief history of synthesizers

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Tinkerers and electronics pioneers have made a huge impact on modern music -creating complex sounds out of simple electronic circuits. Unlike traditional instruments, which haven’t changed much in hundreds of years, electronic instruments like synthesizers have evolved almost continuously through recent history. In this blog post, we track synthesizers through from their earliest iterations to […]


Robots to learn something from the fish eating bat

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An amazing application of a colony animals solution to a search for food could revolutionise the way robots communicate. Israeli researcher Yossi Yovel leads the team at Bat Lab for Neuro Ecology at Tel Aviv University. His research into communication has focussed specifically on the Mexican fish eating bat, native to California. The large range […]


The Best Introductory AI Courses You Can Study at Home

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In just the last few years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has given us some really quite impressive product innovations. AI allows you to unlock the iPhone X with your face and is responsible for products like smart speakers, which are becoming more commonplace. Robots aren’t about to hoover up all the jobs or destroy humanity, but […]


The hottest tech and biggest flops at CES 2018

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Held in Las Vegas every year, CES is one of the biggest consumer electronics shows. This year brought more exciting tech that will set the tone for the rest of the year. But not everything at the show went smoothly. Some demonstrations faltered, other technology was criticised as unnecessary and wasteful. And the conference even […]


Christmas gift guide: This year’s best tech gifts

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We love our technology at Hi5 and we know you do too. Here is our list of the best gadgets, gizmos and much more to buy your loved ones this year. Think we’ve missed anything? Let us know on Twitter. Amazon Echo Plus The Echo Plus is the first of Amazon’s intelligent speakers that comes […]