Open to technology, open to the world: Code For Life, an open source project

Open to technology, open to the world: Code For Life, an open source project

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Lucy is 9 and she has been learning the basics of computer science with her teachers at school for almost three years, ever since the government made Computer Science a part of the primary school curriculum in 2014. Her parents are proud because they know that learning to code will help Lucy understand the world […]

SecondHands project members present first robot prototype ARMAR-6

SecondHands project members present first robot prototype ARMAR-6

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Today the SecondHands project is presenting the first prototype of its collaborative robot which will act as the main platform for testing and developing new technologies related to the maintenance and repair of automation equipment in Ocado’s highly automated warehouses using a robot assistant. The SecondHands robot prototype ARMAR-6 has been developed at the Karlsruhe […]

VEX robot wars: Ocado Technology sponsors Shark Robotics

VEX robot wars: Ocado Technology sponsors Shark Robotics

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We are happy to announce that we will be sponsoring both the junior and senior Shark Robotics teams at Stanborough School, a secondary school only a stone’s throw away from our Hatfield head office. Shark Robotics was founded in 2008 to offer students an extracurricular activity of a different kind, in addition to the sports […]

5 books that everyone should read in 2018

5 books that everyone should read in 2018

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Since this time of the year typically provides a good reason for reflecting on the 12 months that have passed, I thought it would be useful to share a brief list of five books I would recommend and explain why you should read them. In addition to providing a short summary, I have also included […]

Happy holidays from Ocado Technology

Happy holidays from Ocado Technology

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The Ocado Technology robotics team has created a robotic arm capable of safely grasping a wide variety of products, including many from Ocado’s current range which includes over 48,000 hypermarket items.

Everything you see is a lie

Everything you see is a lie

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“In this world nothing can be certain, except death and paying taxes.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Of course, the above quote isn’t entirely true. The force of gravity holding us to this planet we would hope is pretty certain. Most of us probably also believe the world around us is pretty certain. I am not trying to […]

24 hours later: Ocado Technology reports from the GreatUniHack

24 hours later: Ocado Technology reports from the GreatUniHack

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For many cutting edge technology companies looking for fresh talent, hackathons are a great place to get an insight into what the future of the industry holds. The GreatUniHack is a large scale, 24-hour  event hosted and organised annually by HackSoc, a group of computer science enthusiasts from the University of Manchester. As sponsors of […]

Experimenting with robots for grocery picking and packing

Experimenting with robots for grocery picking and packing

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Ocado Technology often hits the news under headlines of innovation in the field of AI and robotics. Over the past couple of years, we’ve announced our involvement in several high-profile research projects, including the SoMa soft manipulation system and the SecondHands technician cobot. This is because our robotics research team faces a remarkable challenge: to […]

Using goods-to-person fulfilment for grocery picking

Using goods-to-person fulfilment for grocery picking

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At Ocado, we often buck the norm. We have a habit of testing limits, and not only thinking outside the box, but not bothering with the box in the first place. This is exhibited in our use of automation and robotics, our highly advanced routing system and our general reputation as a disruptive technology company. […]

The good, the bad and the ugly: how the press reports on AI

The good, the bad and the ugly: how the press reports on AI

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Artificial intelligence is no stranger to the sensationalist headline. It’s one of the hot topics that seems to suffer dramatic and often misguided press coverage on a daily basis. Within the mess of doom and gloom and apocalyptic predictions, there is the odd glimmer of hope and opportunity, but it is infrequent at best, non-existent […]

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