Last Week’s Tech Headlines In Nottingham
With the East Midlands currently fighting to make Nottingham the City of Culture 2023, whilst already claiming the title of the 3rd Biggest Tech City in the UK, the tech scene of the city is thriving. New technological developments are happening daily, and through the work of the city’s students, scientists, engineers and technicians, a new digital revolution is sparking throughout the Midlands.
So we wanted to catch up on some of the most exciting tech headlines hitting the newspapers in the East Midlands from recent weeks – covering everything from transport to tech firms.
Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are leading an experiment creating 3D replicas of the human spine using cleverly developed printing technologies. The high-tech printers are able to build models of the skeletal frame, with realistic fabric and foam, to help trainee surgeons practice their physical techniques. Providing their students and others across the country with the ability to practice intricate and delicate surgeries in a simulated experience could lead to higher figures of successful spinal surgeries, and is good news for sufferers of spinal illnesses like scoliosis. Using 3D printers to help support this medical breakthrough, the scientists of Nottingham are helping to further develop the overlap of med-tech practices.
In a recent statement, the East Midlands HS2 Strategy Board revealed their plans to utilise the high-speed railway being established across the country. With the announcement that the central hub for HS2 would be in the small residential area of Toton, the Strategy Board has outlined their plan to create over 70,000 jobs through this installment, and to add billions of pounds of growth into the cities economic value. When HS2 is implemented, it will provide fast and convenient routes of travel all over the UK, helping to connect the East Midlands to the high tech South of the country.
Software as a Service, or SaaS firm ENSEK were headline news as they carried out a multi-million pound management buyout with private equity LDC. In their own words ‘partnering with LCD gives ENSEK the financial framework and strategic expertise to take the business to the next level’. This additional funding has the potential to expand and develop ENSEK, and makes them the company to watch for tech developments in the coming years.
A researcher in Nottingham has designed the futuristic plans for a flying motorbike, with his device being accessible as both a standard ground bike, and a battery-powered accessory to an aircraft flight. With battery-powered aircrafts becoming increasingly popular over the past few years, with their eco-friendly supply systems being prefered over diesel or petrol engines, there’s definitely an open market for the invention. Going by the name of RExMoto, the motorbike was sent for it’s initial testing phase in Warsaw last week.
A recent study into the impact of smartphone use on user mental health, carried out by students in Nottingham, revealed that one third of mobile notifications make us unhappy. Carried out in a focus group, the research found that non-human updates or notifications made us the most miserable, with messages of wifi-availability or general technical updates having a significant negative impact on our mental state whilst using the phone. Work-related notifications, such as emails or requests also revealed a negative reaction, yet social and networking notifications had the ability to drastically improve the user’s mood. Even emojis had a positive impact on how we view our message, as they add a new level of personalisation and depth to a typically standard communication.
Hearing and sound experts in Nottingham are planning to test microphone technology as a muffler for military soldiers suffering from long term hearing damage. Citing the device as ‘low cost and discrete’, it will be inserted into the padding of a standard army helmet just above the ear, to act as an acoustic barrier against severe noise damage.Many soldiers suffer from significant hearing loss as a result of years of service in loud, high pressure environments and struggle with conditions such as tinnitus later on in life, so this breakthrough could be really beneficial to both the emotional and medical health of all military services.
Here at Roller, we never stop admiring the new developments in technology coming out of Nottingham, and we’re proud that our city is making headway in so many technical sectors.