With our many R&D
areas it is often looked upon as to the extent of [non-lethal] capabilities that we can design and manufacture.
It is now old-hat but we designed and built a small snap piston, tiny, hand-held device for starting fires for survival
- which used the adiabatic effect of thermodynamics to effect combustion of some kindling that can then create fire. Far neater
in many respects than the standard fire stick/flint but considerably less noise and of a signature that would exist in nature.
We have had other pneumatic and hydraulic designs which took some really novel CFD [computational fluid dynamics]
calculations and fabricated solutions which also integrated some interesting mechatronics for robotic needs of a swimming
and climbing snake-like robot.
Still to enable things to be portable then you need to embrace power and careful
design of power use to enable effective and enduring solutions. To that end we researched all the current approaches,
patents and research to fuel cells and came up with a design that can be fuelled for a year, easily refuelled and the
fuel delivered in a way that could easily be controlled and managed. Our solution then had to tackle the environmental impact
and operating dynamics such that it could work in the harshest and most contaminated of environments to the most arid.
Not content with extremely interesting branches of physics usually embraced by technology, we chose to find a novel
solution that was self-powered and used emissivity to great effect. But that wasn't the leading-edge aspect; that was
printing this device.
We were asked to design a tracker device that could be no more than 25% bigger than
a pet RFID tag which could be put into objects or even subdermally. This is not as easy as it sounds. Launching the RF is
a huge problem. Then we hit upon a really novel way of doing this and the design is successful.
boring when you can work across chemistry, biology, physics, geology, geography, mathematics, languages, and many more areas
through effective solutions which we can and do manufacture mostly in the electronics engineering [computers and microprocessors, advanced
signal processing, RF engineering, robotics, cryptography, electro-optics and EW] sphere on land, sea, air and space.