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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

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Will the Internet of Things have arms and legs?

At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES), this week, NFC was big news: Sony said it’s pushing NFC into its Brava TVs, assorted speakers and a 1TB network server, enabling pairing with Xperia phones and opening the way for the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected home.

LG announced an NFC-equipped oven, fridge and robot vacuum-cleaner as part of its "Smart Things" range. 

But what if the vacuum cleaner gets stuck or somebody’s unplugged the TV? In that situation, presently only a human can fix the problem.

That’s because the role of robots in the IoT is still at an early stage. But, as its potential arms and legs, RFID-enabled robots equipped with sensors, could automatically navigate a smart environment faster, more safely and more accurately than humans. 

Here’s another scenario: The IoT informs a service robot that an office waste bin is full. The network can help the robot navigate by passing commands to, for example, the building elevator. The IoT can tell the robot where replacement rubbish bags are to be found. Or the robot may proactively seek this information, from the IoT. 

In the Netherlands, RoboEarth, is a multi-disciplinary partnership of robotics researchers from academia and industry aiming to create a world wide web for robots. The project involves building a cloud-based database which can be accessed by different kinds of robots. When a robot has solved a problem it can add this information to the cloud so that the next robot, with the same problem, can download the instructions. This is a means of equipping robots so that every possible problem no longer needs to be accounted for in the design phase. Neither do the robots need a large array of sensors to give them learning abilities.

Are there more robot focussed IoT projects out there? There will be soon. An IoT with arms and legs can’t be too far away now.

Interested in robotics and autonomous systems? Join the RAS Special Interest Group

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