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Google home mini voice assistant device next to an Android phone

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Voice Technology – Challenges and Opportunities

Kieron Gurner,

Last week the Government Digital Service announced that information about public services can now be accessed through voice-activated smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo, such as applying for a passport and accessing details about the national minimum wage. This means that people can access over 12,000 pieces of information…

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Tom Pokinko wearing glasses

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Good design is inclusive design: perspectives on digital accessibility with Tom Pokinko at Open Inclusion

Jo Morrison,

The world is finally waking up to the importance of accessibility. As we kick off our NavSta mobile wayfinding project with Transport for London, Connected Places and Open Inclusion, we sat down with Tom Pokinko, Research Director at Open Inclusion, to talk technology, accessibility, and why inclusive design (hopefully) won’t…

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London tube platform with a train pulling up, people wait to get on

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Our favourite projects from TfL’s Access All Areas event 2019

Jo Morrison,

On 19th March 2019, Transport for London (TfL) hosted Access All Areas, London’s largest accessible transport event at the ExCeL London. It showcased the latest transport innovations geared towards accessibility, looking at roads and streets, train stations and public transport, design and services, and, of course, technology. The exhibition included…

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Man holding a sticky-note with the words "Block Chain" written on it, looking at computer screens in the background

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What’s a blockchain (and why the hype?)

Alumni: Charlie Harman,

‘Blockchain’ is like ‘post-modernism’: one of those words many of us think we should know but would be horrified to try and explain to friends. Here’s a secret: we feel the same. Which is why we asked Calvium Technical Director Ben Clayton to explain what blockchain is, what it’s for,…

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A white desk with various objects collected around the edges of the photo: smart phones, coffee mugs, tablets, pens, notepads and printed papers

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15 ways apps can improve employee engagement

Jade Evans,

Engaged workforces outperform their lower-engagement competitors by more than 200%—streaking ahead in terms of profitability, productivity, customer satisfaction, employee attendance and workplace safety. It’s no wonder, then 2/5 of businesses say employee engagement is their number one challenge. Employees are 87% less likely to leave their role if highly engaged,…

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Three people look at smart phones at a train station

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About time: Can apps help you focus?

Arthur Graham,

How can you make yourself 23% less likely to make errors at work? Simple: by putting your phone out of sight and out of reach. That’s what a Florida State University team found in their study on the effects digital devices have on our productivity and focus. Understanding that technology…

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iSanta: Could app tech streamline Santa's delivery process?

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iSanta: Could app tech streamline Santa’s delivery process?

Alumni: Charlie Harman,

Even though he might now be in contravention of GDPR (article 4 of regulation 2016/679, in case you were curious), Father Christmas is an unmistakably analogue creation. With a wooden sleigh and flesh and blood reindeer held aloft by little more than a generous sprinkling of Christmas magic, he’s a…

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