Category Archives: WintecInnovate

Remote sensing of river quality

Have a look at our new story map – it shows how Wintec researchers in the primary industry and  sustainability teams are working with Beef and Lamb farmers in a priority water catchment.  The aim it to use sensors to measure environmental indicators to engage with farmers so they can understand the ‘footprint” of their farms […]

Regional Innovation is a Thing

We are accustomed to thinking about innovation as an idea that finds its way into the world either as a new business or a new technology.  When we think about new ideas we often think about it as an idea coming from an individual.  While this is often the case, it is increasingly not the […]

Innovating Innovation

The Global Innovation Index (GII) report for 2016 has recently been released, and can be downloaded.  Its release coincided with the start of my annual trip to the countries doing well in the GII and have similar or at least comparable size as New Zealand where I live and work. The GII report highlights that […]

We reached a Milestone with our IoT systems!

We have developed very effective sensor networks and systems in the past, but have been tampering with a new emphasis on smaller modular IoT enabled systems.  The purpose of these smaller systems is to create modular units with a specific functionality that can be used in numerous different applications, whilst the cost is kept really […]

The Smart Garden is heating up!

We have been working furiously on making the Smart Garden project (sponsored by Curious Minds) a success.  Fortunately, we have been privileged to work with some really smart young people! We kicked off our campaign and jumped straight into starting to make sensors for our garden.  The first sessions were attended by about 30 enthusiastic […]

Welcome to our Interns from Kyungpook University

We have the privilege of hosting six new interns from the well-known Korean Kyungpook University.  These six students will spend the next 16 weeks at Wintec improving their English, as well as working on projects within our innovation hubs.  They arrived yesterday afternoon at the Auckland International Airport, and we welcomed them this morning at […]

Aged Care and Ageing Well Symposium and Tradeshow

As Social Innovation Programme manager I am really excited to announce that we will be hosting a Technology Enabled Solutions Symposium and Tradeshow at Wintec, Hamilton, New Zealand on 8-9 November 2016.  The symposium and tradeshow will be focusing on ageing well and eldercare and has already attracted interest from around the world.  If you are […]

Biomimetic microstructures for cancer cell movement using 3D printing technology

In this project, we present a novel microfabrication practice to generate a biomimetic 3D microstructure to further understand cancer cell movements. 3D bio printing is a developing field that justifies further application. Different forms of mask less assembly, such as scanning polymerization and projection polymerization, are capable of creating detailed microstructures. One recently developed projection […]

Low cost passive fruit ripening gas sensor

In this project, we present an approach to develop a passive fruit ripening gas absorber that can be used to sense and measure at low cost. It would also be helpful to be able to measure less than 5 ppm. The adsorbing sensor is designed based on the selective adsorption of gas by metal complex […]

Using young talent in our projects!

We have been working hard on producing the sensor sets for a large environmental project (in collaboration with Beef and Lamb NZ, and the Waikato River Authority).  The primary focus of this project is to help farmers understand how their activities impact on river quality, and ho to improve on this. We have seven test […]