Curated Growth Markets:
The High Tech CML Can Improve

Drones

A high-growth market, drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are typically used to capture high quality images. Exciting new advancements include delivering goods bought online direct to customers' doors, and humanitarian disaster response.

Drones are becoming equipped with more and more cameras, sensors and sophisticated specifications to navigate and perform increasingly advanced tasks. But all add weight and reduce flight times. Additionally, the camera and sensor actuators need to perform reliably while subjected to the severe vibrations of flight propellers.

SMA Actuators:

  • are inherently lightweight and compact
  • are robust and resilient to mechanical agitation
  • allow precision control even during significant external disturbance from propellers

Virtual Reality

By 2020 the virtual reality market is estimated to reach a value of $150 billion.* It is a key area for CML's work, not least because next-generation VR technology will have several built-in cameras to give the user more visual awareness and an all-together improved experience.

*Digi-Capital Augmented/Virtual Reality Report Q3 2016.

Haptics

The market for haptic feedback technology is forecast to grow dramatically as users demand the next generation of interactivity with their products, beyond sight and sound. By incorporating a sense of touch and control to digital interactions, haptic technology allows us to connect more naturally with our devices, and enables them to respond more naturally to us.

Haptic actuators will need to be extra small to work in wearable tech, smart phones, smart watches, and automotive consoles, for example. Despite devices getting smaller and thinner, the haptic actuator still needs to deliver a significant force to give an engaging experience.

SMA has a high force-to-size ratio, and emits no disruptive electromagnetic fields that prevent other device components from functioning properly. Our technology is small and robust enough to function in these applications to help deliver user interactions that are more realistic, useful and enjoyable.

Medical Devices

Our team is designing medical devices to develop smaller, lighter and cheaper products than those currently on the market. Despite these changes the devices still need to deliver accurate doses of medication. The use of SMA, with its advantages of size, weight, precision and production costs, is ideal for exploiting this commercial opportunity.

Robotics

Robots are set to be common in assembly facilities, factories, healthcare, and the home, as they continue to become more sophisticated. A key theme for next-generation robotics is the ability to perform precise procedures, mimicking or even outdoing what humans can do.

A robot designed with SMA wire, can contract and expand in the same way human muscle does. Our optimised version, then, guarantees:

  • miniaturised, lightweight form
  • patented control technology for the best precision and stability
  • consistent performance over time
  • silent operation

Self Driving Cars

Self-driving cars use a series of cameras and sensors to work out what is happening around them. The more advanced the technology, the more internal and external cameras and sensors are needed to monitor the user’s immediate environment. Our actuator technology is very well suited to added functionality and improving the quality of the data collected. The more accurate the data, the less likely the risk of a accident.