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R&D

We work with future technologies and processes and apply them to products, services, and experiences

 
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R&D

Covering our diverse areas of expertise, we keep abreast oF key social and consumer trends, technological developments and innovations, positioning us well for innovative product development.

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WANT TO COLLABORATE? 

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EXPERIMENTS IN SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

For the project Living Pixels, we experimented with a variety of living organisms to create a living, digital display. Our research followed an experimental process, in which we navigated between human experiments around magic and engagement in a physical/digital world, and technical experiments with V. Fischeri, a strand of bioluminescent bacteria. 

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USING MACHINE LEARNING TO IDENTifY HUMAN BEHAVIOUR

In order to create Trajectory, a touchless interface that is triggered by a user's behaviour, we designed a custom machine learning algorithm which observes and gathers data on users' behaviour. Using face tracking technology through a simple webcam, we trained the algorithm to identify up to 11 different facial expression - which it then converts into a digital control input.   

 
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WORKSHOPS

We deliver workshops to disseminate our knowledge, encourage creativity and innovation, and ensure that others are also designing for the future.

We have held workshops in the UK, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, India, Senegal, Tanzania and are always open to share The F_T_R’s way of thinking with a new part of the world.

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HACKATHONS

We hold 24H, 48H, and week long hackathons, enabling rapid ideation, prototyping, and testing. These are often centered around a new technology, and help develop and find applications for this technology. Past hackathons include Fujitsu, MIT Media Lab, Amazon, and BP. 

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IDEATION & NEW TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS

We deliver a range of workshops that incorporate our different skills, knowledge, and expertise. Some examples of workshops we've run in the past are: creativity & ideation, wearable tech, human centered design, future of the city. 

 

METHODOLOGY

 
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S_P_Q

Speculate | Provocate | Question

By questioning and provoking many different aspects of the present, we speculate future scenarios and experiences.

 

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R_P_I

Research | Predict | Innovate

We use extensive and continuous research in order to predict the future, before bringing our vision to life by designing tangible experiences of it.

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D_P_B

Design | Prototype | Build

Once a concept is ready, we bring it to life with a prototype. Through an iterative, tangible, and physical process, we ensure all aspects of the design have been considered.