Making 3-D objects disappear

I’m a big fan of invisibility cloaks, partly cos they’re cool, and partly because I think the principles behind them could end up in a lot of things. Here’s another step forward: Making 3-D objects disappear: “Making 3-D objects disappear: Ultrathin invisibility cloak created Date: September 17, 2015 Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Summary: Researchers have […]

Deja Vu or New Dawn? Microsoft’s Acquisition Binge

I’m not quite sure what to make of these acquisitions. It reminds me of Yahoo’s binge 10 years ago: After, a Directory of Other Things Yahoo! Should Buy. They snagged up a lot of my favourite stuff back then, and Microsoft is doing the same thing with Sunrise etc:  Welcome 6Wunderkinder! Microsoft acquires Wunderlist – […]

The path to a wearable future lies in academia | Reuters


The path to a wearable future lies in academia | Reuters: My oblique take on wearables For a glimpse of what is, what might have been and what may lie ahead in wearable devices, look beyond branded tech and Silicon Valley start-ups to the messy labs, dry papers and solemn conferences of academia. There you’d […]

Reuters: Making cars safer: have the driver do less

A piece I wrote for Reuters. BBC version here.  Making cars safer: have the driver do less By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:00pm EST Nov 12 (Reuters) – As millions of cars are under recall for potentially lethal air bags, designers are trying to reduce the need for the device – using […]

BBC: World Without Wires

This is a version of my (and Noel’s) Reuters piece on wireless charging, recorded for the BBC World Service.  Without question, in a few years’ time our children will look back at pictures of this era and ask us what those little pieces of string are snaking across our desktops, bedside tables, mantelpieces and car […]

BBC: Consumers’ Caped Curmudgeonly Crusader

This is a piece I wrote and recorded for the BBC World Service. It’s not Reuters content Until my spoilsport wife told me to stop, I had a brief career battling for the little guy against big corporations and lousy service. I called myself the Consumer’s Caped Crusader. My theory is this: that as companies […]

BBC: Future connectivity

This is a version of my Reuters piece on connectivity ( version: From balloons to shrimp-filled shallows, the future is wireless) which I recently recorded for the BBC World Service’s Business Daily.  The Internet may feel like it’s everywhere, but large pockets of sky, swathes of land and most of the oceans are still beyond a signal’s […]

Autopsy as a Service

This is a piece I’ve recorded for the BBC  Is it possible to disrupt a business that is, well, dying?  Malaysian entrepreneur Matt Chandran thinks so. He wants to revive the post-mortem by replacing the scalpel with a scanner and the autopsy slab with a touchscreen computer. He believes his so-called digital autopsy could largely […]

Google’s Design Gridlock

Another hamfisted design effort from Google, I’m afraid: this time, they’ve compressed the links at the bottom of the Gmail page to Google-related services to a grid, which you have to click on to find the service you want to access.  This is what it used to look like:  This is what it now looks […]

Asha to Ashes: Microsoft’s Emerging Markets Conundrum

A piece I wrote with Devi in Delhi, and the help of a couple of other colleagues.  Asha to Ashes: Microsoft’s emerging market conundrum By Jeremy Wagstaff and Devidutta Tripathy SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI | Thu Sep 5, 2013 9:22pm EDT (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business gives the software behemoth control of its […]