Davide's Hunt for Cicadas in Slovenia20th June 2012
The New Forest Cicada is an insect native to the UK in great danger of becoming extinct. Several entomologists have searched for it in the past few years, but no sighting has been confirmed for over a decade. However, the area where the cicada could be found is vast, extending to the entire New Forest. This cicada makes a high-pitched call that is difficult for humans to hear.
Davide recording Cicada calls in Slovenia
Davide's research is investigating whether pervasive sensing technology can leverage the smartphones of visitors to the New Forest (millions every year) to capture, classify and identify the cicada.
To better understand this elusive insect, this Summer Davide travelled to Slovenia - where this same species of cicada is abundant - to collect audio samples of the cicada's call.
Initial results obtained from this field trip look very promising for this technology - watch (or listen to) this space!
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I Provide 'Expert Advice' on Haptic Technology8th October 2013
This morning I was contacted by a journalist from 'The Engineer' magazine, who was writing a piece about research at Bristol University on the use of ultrasound as a tactile technology. The technology, which I saw demonstrated at a conference a few years ago, uses inaudible ultrasound waves to give the sensation of touch to the fingertips, and by using an array of transducers, can target the sensation at particular locations. My comments on the technology included:
"'Touchless haptics is prob... [more]
Alex Presents Research at SenseCam 20123rd April 2012
Alex Wood presented our research on 'DejaView' at the recent 2012 SenseCam Symposium. DejaView is a system designed to help sufferers of memory loss, in particular by allowing them to receive relevant real-time feedback. In the current demonstrator, this feedback gives the wearer information on who they are looking at - for example their name, relationship, when they last saw them etc. Alex was also awarded a bursary by the conference organisers to attend the symposium, and chaired one of the se... [more]