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A Nation of Creators Pt.1

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A Nation of Creators, Part 1

The UK has been home to some of the most genius inventions. Did you know the first photograph was pioneered on our group of islands? That UK physicists, developers and innovative minds have disrupted all areas of lives across the globe? The UK’s rich history of innovation and invention has provided the world with ideas and products we can’t live without – the mobile phone you could be reading this article on began as the humble telephone back in 1876.

ReTrack

Upping your cycling game is a whole lot easier thanks to ReTrack – the wearable that’s tracking just how well your ride’s really going. ReTrack tracks all the twists and turns of your ride, creating a 3D animation of your journey for you to analyse, store and compare with other performances and competitors. You can relive each ride on your smartphone, tablet or computer from all angles, opening up a whole new world of analysis – you can ride smarter with ReTrack.

ARM

We’re willing to bet ARM technology is in your mobile phone right now – the company has made a huge contribution to the mobile world. It’s the UK supergiant you never knew existed. One of the world’s most prolific providers of microprocessor IP, ARM technology is shaping the connected world as we know it – over 86 billion ARM-based chips have been shipped to the world to date. The tech behind chips at the heart of almost every device you interact with every day takes root in this Cambridge-based company – one that began with just a dozen engineers working out of a barn in 1990.

ESP Group

To Londoners the word Oyster means something a little different to slippery shellfish, and that’s thanks to one innovative UK company. ESP Group is the big name behind the way the 8.5 million London residents and countless commuters make their way around. In fact, beyond the revolutionary Oyster card system, ESP Group are involved in travel at every juncture – information, customer support, assistance, ticketing, payment, booking, feedback, social media and delay repay – they’re behind it all.

Onfido

In today’s world we’re working with people from different continents seamlessly – in a lot of cases employers don’t get to actually meet their employees in the sharing economy, so how do they know exactly who they have on the books? Onfido is the UK company pioneering identity verification and background check tech in-keeping with today’s working world. Using machine learning, Onfido can verify the identity of potential employees without you ever having to personally encounter them – and carry out background checks to ensure they’re fit for the work.

Darktrace

Cyber criminality is a huge issue worldwide – our safety online is under threat from malware, ransomware and a whole host of malevolent tech every day. Darktrace is the world leader in machine learning that’s battling cyber threat on the front line. The company’s intelligent Enterprise Immune System detects and contains threats before you even know they’re there – its AI algorithms mimic the human immune system and have identified over 30,000 previously unknown network threats, helping business owners sleep safe in the knowledge that their network is under strict surveillance.

Graphene

At about 300 times the strength of steel, graphene is the world’s strongest material. It’s also the lightest and the thinnest – and it was first discovered by two scientists at the University of Manchester, who went on to win the nobel prize for physics for their work. Graphene’s properties lend it the potential to completely revolutionise the world we live in – it’s the world’s first 2D material, conducts both electricity and heat and is completely transparent. With the potential to disrupt travel, biomedicine, energy and a vast array of other industries, graphene is pegged to cause a ruckus the world over – all out of the University of Manchester.

Dyson

Making the everyday work better is the ethos that lies at the heart of Dyson. As arguably the UK’s most innovative living inventor, James Dyson has taken a whole host of appliances we use regularly and made them, well, better. The Dyson vacuum cleaner is definitely Dyson’s most recognisable staple offering, but the company’s innovative genius can be found drying hands in your local bathroom, regulating temperatures in your home and even now styling your hair – Dyson’s energy efficient devices bring the utmost in performance to everyday life, streamlining life along the way.

Azuri Indigo pay-as-you-go solar

Unlimited access to power is a luxury not available to the whole world, but there’s a company doing their bit to battle this inequality in Africa. Azuri’s Indigo system allows you to sign up for a pay-as-you-go power contract, with all that power being sourced from the most natural source – the sun. Thanks to Indigo, communities in rural Africa are able to benefit from solar power whilst only paying for what they use, creating an affordable, sustainable power solution where it’s needed most.

Cambridge Intelligence

In today’s world we live and breathe data – the world is connected, powered and informed via the gargantuan amounts of data transferred every day. How organisations analyse, interpret and use this data to their advantage is a challenge being addressed by Cambridge Intelligence – the company that’s leading the pack in helping companies gain insight into their connected data. Cambridge Intelligence’s KeyLines JavaScript toolkit puts the power of insight into the hands of businesses, allowing them to interact with their data within a customisable platform.

The telephone

“Mr Watson, come here, I want you” were the first words ever transmitted via telephone. That was back in 1876 right here in the UK, and just look at where telecomms are now. Today we can contact our very own Mr Watson – or anyone at all – night or day, across continents in real-time. The invention of the telephone is one of the most innovative, revolutionary events of modern day – and as something quintessentially British it’s a homegrown invention that’s done wonders for the world.

 

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