SecondHands – developing the world’s most advanced collaborative robots

SecondHands – developing the world’s most advanced collaborative robots

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Recently we kicked off an exciting project to develop an autonomous humanoid robot. It will use artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced vision systems to understand what human workers want, in order to offer assistance. For example, it will be able to hand tools to maintenance technicians, and manipulate objects like ladders, pneumatic cylinders and […]

What technology do you need when working with teams not collocated? Product Owner blog 2

What technology do you need when working with teams not collocated? Product Owner blog 2

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In my first blog post I illustrated the many factors to take into consideration when building a cohesive team. This time I want to explore the technology available. Can you make do without technology in building an effective non-collocated team? For me the answer is yes. But would that team be as effective and could […]

Soft robotics – what I’ve learnt about the revolution

Soft robotics – what I’ve learnt about the revolution

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I’m very excited about a new wave of robot development known as soft robotics (technical name: variable stiffness actuators), so when I saw there was a training course happening in Rome in February, I knew I had to go. Actuators, or motors, are the muscles of the robot – the mechanical parts that create movement. […]

How we created the first grocery app for the Apple Watch

How we created the first grocery app for the Apple Watch

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Our intention was to make it effortless for Ocado customers to shop without even needing to get their phone out. The Apple Watch app serves as an extension to the iPhone app, offering some extra options the user can perform in mere seconds. Our main focus was on quick transactions. Features For example, say you […]

How to work with teams not collocated – Product Owner blog 1

How to work with teams not collocated – Product Owner blog 1

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As a Product Owner working with a team across two different countries, there are lots of problems to tackle to make sure projects run smoothly. In this series of blog posts, I will explore how my team and I have overcome issues. For a bit of background info, I’m based in Hatfield and my colleagues […]

No degree? No problem. Meet our award-winning apprentice.

No degree? No problem. Meet our award-winning apprentice.

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Getting a head start in technology can be hard work if you haven’t followed the traditional uni route, but it’s far from impossible. We interviewed Ocado Technology apprentice Ryan Scales to see how and why he did things differently. As winner of Apprentice of the Year, he should know a thing or two… Q You […]

C# 6.0 introduces ‘nameof’ – a short but sweet blog 2

C# 6.0 introduces ‘nameof’ – a short but sweet blog 2

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To continue my look at C# 6.0 I was going to talk about inline variable declaration – a feature I hope we will see in a future version of the language but which has been cut after having made it into the technical preview. Instead, I’ll quickly talk about a feature that is relatively small […]

My journey from intern to engineer at Ocado Technology

My journey from intern to engineer at Ocado Technology

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A little bit of background about myself: I’m Ryan and I’m a graduate fresh from Imperial College London. This is the story of how I moved from intern to full-time at Ocado Technology. If you’re looking for placements or first jobs, I hope you’ll find it useful. The preparation and interviews I came across Ocado […]

Why the Lords report on digital skills matters

Why the Lords report on digital skills matters

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On Tuesday the Lords’ Digital Skills Committee released a report, ‘Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future’, warning of a digital skills gap and its impact. For me, there were two points that particularly resonated: One, that digital literacy should be a core skill taught at school. Progress has been made in England with the […]

Why C# 6.0 is my big launch of 2015 – blog 1

Why C# 6.0 is my big launch of 2015 – blog 1

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With the approach of Visual Studio 2015, the new features of C# 6.0 are being finalised. Whilst this release doesn’t contain any of the paradigm-shifting changes of previous language updates (think Linq), it does provide a lot of syntactic sugar that seasoned C# developers have been requesting for a long time. It should solve a […]

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