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Emerging medical imaging method could help in virus response, Waikato professor says

A hand-held device that can monitor lung condition would come in handy about now.After a decade of research, a Waikato professor and his partners are laying plans for that - a new way of getting medical images which could help at the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.Images of lungs filled with mucus have appeared with stories explaining what the virus can do to your body - but you can't do X-rays or CT scans every day, University of Waikato engineering professor Yifan ...

April 6, 2020

Waikato esports scholarship winner looks to gaming during Coronavirus lockdown

If there's one activity that can flourish during the country's current lockdown, it's esports. And University of Waikato student Luke Horan knows this all too well.Horan, an avid online gamer who has climbed the top of gaming ranks in New Zealand and Oceania, says now is a perfect time for people around the country to take up esports."Esports is a great outlet because it combines competition with a sense of online community. And because it's a digital activity, it's something most people can par...

April 6, 2020

UFF waives fibre wholesale costs for student households without broadband

Central North Island fibre company Ultrafast Fibre will waive its monthly wholesale connection charges for families with school-aged children living in homes without broadband connectivity.The waiver is in place for the next six months and applies to the approximately 1,650 households identified by the Ministry of Education (MOE) as needing internet connectivity for learning, and which already have a fibre Optical Network Terminal (ONT) in the home (the small white plastic ‘box’ required to ...

April 2, 2020

Food consumers will demand more digital traceability, post-Covid-19

Digital traceability is about to move into first place in terms of what food consumers will demand post-Covid-19.NZX's Head of Analytics, Julia Jones, said she would be shocked if changes to increase food safety weren't made as a result of the global pandemic."We will be tracing everything around food production, and what we do in terms of managing animals because this (coronavirus) came from animals.Read more...

April 1, 2020

Making connections

The Internet of Things was front and centre among the more than 45 exhibitors hawking their wares at TechFest at the start of March, and they had no shortage of interest.Auckland-based Adroit was focusing on its rural offerings, and commercial director Blair Stewart said by the end of the morning they had 30 or 40 inquiries to follow up on.CultivateIT chair Thomas Coats was at the event in two capacities, with his Matamata company Luminate One also exhibiting.Read more...

April 1, 2020

Global e-learning solution teaches data-driven decision making for DeLaval farmers

Collaboration across continents leads to global e-learning solution built in Hamilton.High tech dairy farmers are learning how to make more data-driven decisions after Company-X built a global e-learning solution for DeLaval.The worldwide leader in milking equipment and solutions asked the software specialist to build an e-learning solution to teach dairy farmers and DeLaval staff around the globe how to begin using robotic milking systems and farm management software.Read more...

March 31, 2020

The 20-year tech challenge

By 2040, the internet industrial revolution will have swept through society, transforming much along the way.That’s why Callaghan Innovation has been crystal ball gazing into  the next 20 years, and its chief executive Vic Crone laid down some challenges as keynote speaker at TechFest 2020 at the start of March.For one thing, the dominant countries in terms of their economies will have a very different look.“If you look at the top seven economies in 2040, they will be China, India ...

March 31, 2020

Future entrepreneurs excel in Waikato

Waikato’s young entrepreneurs flocked to Wintec’s Atrium for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme’s Kickstart Tīmata event.About 320 students took part in the day, where they had the opportunity to pick the brains of over 40 Waikato business leaders in a speed coaching session.The new YES regional coordinator Penny Bunting was thrilled with the enthusiasm and support for the experiential business programme, where the years 12 and 13 students start up and run a real business.Read mo...

March 31, 2020

Professor Yifan Chen receives Engineering New Zealand Fello

University of Waikato Professor Dr Yifan Chen has been awarded a prestigious Engineering New Zealand Fellows Award.Dr Yifan Chen is an internationally recognised academic leader, with a demonstrated history of working in renowned universities in China, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore and the United States.He pioneered the emerging field of computational nanobiosensing, which involves smart tumour targeting using nanorobots. These nanorobots perform ‘agile’ searches for tumours by ...

March 30, 2020

NZ man's spy network

Talking to Waikato geopolitical analyst Brian Main, you could be forgiven for thinking he has leapt out of the pages of a John le Carre spy novel.Every day, closely watching global conflicts to look for clues on how they might impact New Zealand, this 80-year-old is in communication with people all around the world - the US, Israel, the UK, Australia and the Middle East included - to share and collect information.Read more...

March 30, 2020

Top dairy farming family's hi-tech approach to animal health

An award winning sharemilking couple have turned to cutting edge technology to help future proof their dairy farm.Sarah and Aidan Stevenson, both 31, say that since adopting hi-tech ear tags to monitor their dairy herd, cow deaths have reduced from 4 per cent to 2 per cent a year.Aidan Stevenson said the devices can also tell if a cow is in heat, which has improved the mating success of the herd. Read more...

March 28, 2020

Hamilton primary school using 3D printers to design face shields for health workers

Te Ao Mārama teacher Frank Young is involved in The Shields Up project, which was created by a collective of organisations with 3D printers called Makers NZ Relief Work. The initiative will see disposable face masks distributed to stretched health facilities, with orders for supplies from health facilities around the country nearing 6000. "It’s just kind of exploded… people are asking for anywhere from one to 200 just for one sort of practice,” Mr Young said.Read more...

March 27, 2020

Students told to think 'out of the box' for Thames CBD revamp

When it comes to revitalising Thames' long main street, the town's mayor is looking for something more than "tea cosy thinking".Enter students from Wintec's Design Factory, who this week met with Thames-Coromandel District Council in the first step towards adding vibrancy to the historic town's CBD."Whangamatā lead the way," Mayor Sandra Goudie said. "It's been followed by Whitianga with its amazing spaces; and Coromandel Town is an absolute delight the way it is.Read more...

March 11, 2020

Wanted: Land for solar power project with a heart

A Waikato electricity retailer is looking for land so it can create its own source of solar power.But the energy generated will be power for good - cut-price electricity for some of the region's poorest customers.WEL Networks says it's looking for landowners willing to offer 10,000 to 20,000 square metres of north-facing land with reasonable access, so it can build a solar panel site.Read more...

March 11, 2020

Virtual reality deployed to boost NZ's biosecurity threat defences

A collaboration between two Hamilton companies is using virtual reality to improve New Zealand's biosecurity defences by boosting the quality of shipping container inspection.Independent Verification Services (IVS) in Hamilton has launched a new virtual reality (VR) container inspection simulation which tests and trains inspectors with a series of randomised threats.Read more...

March 9, 2020

Lime pitches to have electronic scooter trial in Cambridge, Te Awamutu

Lime proposes to roll out its electronic scooters further south into the Waikato but community leaders are cautious about introducing the smart mobility option.Lime's operations manager, Hamish Ellis, pitched the idea to the Cambridge Community Board where he proposed about 200 of the electric scooters be deployed between the two Waipā towns.Read more...

March 8, 2020

Waikato Regional Council set to slash emissions

The Waikato Regional Council is set to adopt a "game-changing" plan to slash its own carbon emissions by 70 per cent in 10 years.It's the largest reduction in emissions proposed to date for the council, recommended by a new committee dedicated solely to climate action and comes as the organisation is about to run the ruler over greenhouse gas emissions from the region's industry. Read more...

March 8, 2020

Virtual theatre: a digital experience of the yet-to-be-built Waikato Regional Theatre

It hasn't been built yet, but you can check out the view from all the seats in the auditorium of the Waikato Regional Theatre.That's thanks to a virtual reality setup in the Smart Space by Hamilton's Central Library, which puts viewers inside the new performance space.Read more...

March 4, 2020

TechTalk #11 - Robots' Empire: Future of Work - 26 March, Hamilton

TechTalk is a platform to share and discuss a wide variety of technology-related ideas, in the form of short and engaging talks.TechTalk’s mission is to help close the STEM skill shortage gap. We do this through a variety of activities, including planning tech-focused events with multiple speakers, followed by networking.Find out more...

March 1, 2020

Techweek 2020

A nationwide series of events, showcasing and celebrating New Zealand innovation, and providing a platform for everyone to meet, share ideas and create connections to enhance our future world.Find out more...

March 1, 2020

Hamilton leading Smart City conversation

National and international Smart City leaders will descend on Hamilton next week as part of a two-day showcase of technology and innovation.Hamilton City Council, along with CultivateIT and Te Waka, is proud to be supporting next week’s Waikato TechFest.Held at Claudelands Arena on 2 and 3 March, TechFest features more than 35 expert speakers sharing the latest insights on topics such as data analytics and visualisation, cybersecurity and digital marketing.Read more...

February 28, 2020

Two Engineering student groups named Callaghan Innovation C-Prize finalists

Two teams of Engineering students from the University of Waikato have been named as finalists in the Callaghan Innovation C-Prize, winning $10,000 towards their projects.The C-Prize is a competition that seeks to push the boundaries of what’s possible through technology, and this year they were looking for teams with world-leading innovative solutions to environmental problems.Read more...

February 27, 2020

Loop Carshare to add 20 electric vehicles to fleet

Loop Carshare has announced it has been awarded a six-figure grant by the government's Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund to place up to 20 electric vehicles on its fleet.The fund is one of a range of initiatives in the Government's Electric Vehicles Programme, which aims to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand and Loop is one of 22 projects to receive funding from this round.Loop will offer 24/7 access to 20 new electric vehicles, parked in accessible places around Hami...

February 20, 2020

HCL Technologies to conduct Fonterra's major tech overhaul

HCL Technologies has signed a deal with New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra to modernise and manage Fonterra’s entire technology infrastructure.The multi-year deal will help to consolidate Fonterra’s technology suppliers under a single umbrella. In addition to enhancing Fonterra’s employee experience, the partnership will also help HCL Technologies to extend its presence to three offices across the country.Fonterra chief information officer Piers Shore says Fonterra will leverage HCL Tec...

February 18, 2020

NZ's biggest amateur rocket launched from Waikato paddock

After a few tense and fruitless countdowns, New Zealand's biggest amateur rocket roared through the skies trailing smoke and gold sparks. It had taken five rocket enthusiasts 10 months, almost $35,000 and about 70 litres of homebrew gin to complete the project. From a paddock near Huntly, hundreds gathered for New Zealand Rocket Association's (NZRA) National Launch Day on Sunday, an event which has been running since 2001. Read more...

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