Fits like a… bluetooth headset

August 18th, 2014

Cambridge is known for having a fair number of eccentrics (especially amongst those who haven’t visited Oxford).

But this is a good thing, because it means when winter comes along I could perhaps get away with using this in a public place:


It’s a bluetooth headset, built into the fingers of a glove.

As you talk into it, I imagine, people will smile comfortingly and realise that it was just about here that they needed to cross the road. This will help to ensure the privacy of your phone calls.

I wouldn’t try it when driving, though. You couldn’t really describe it as a ‘hands-free kit’…

Available from Firebox.

A Project Observed

July 27th, 2014

Robin McKie has written a nice piece about our Pico project in the Observer.

The article is here.

And here’s our introductory video, if you’re interested and didn’t see it a few months back.

Don’t look a gift job in the mouth

July 14th, 2014

There’s a wonderful-sounding position offered on one of the University mailing lists:

Equine Ambulatory Veterinarian (Maternity Cover)

I expect they’re looking for someone who specialises in a horse’s gait. Or someone who rides around in a horse ambulance?

But perhaps not. It’s much more satisfying to think that the University of Cambridge has always traditionally employed a walking midwife for horses, perhaps one of a small team of pedestrian veterinary specialists, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to apply for one of these exclusive posts.

Trapped on the wire

February 17th, 2014

Trapped on the wire

On Saturday, we had some of the strongest winds I can remember in the UK, at least when I wasn’t on top of a mountain or at sea…

The Sky at Night

January 19th, 2014

I’ve always thought these old radio telescopes, just down the road from us, were rather beautiful.

The Sky at Night

Changing lifestyles

January 8th, 2014

The returning soldier

The Returning Soldier war memorial is a much-loved Cambridge landmark. He used to stride confidently up the middle of one of our main streets, but was moved onto the pavement recently, poor chap, to make more room for turning buses. A great pity, but perhaps it’s just as well. You wouldn’t want to make it back from the trenches in one piece only to be knocked off your pedestal by the number 14.

It struck me, as I cycled past tonight, how different his life must have been from that of the people in the cubicles behind him…

(Click to enlarge)

Sometimes a phone is the only camera you have…

November 27th, 2013

…but on some mornings, it’s enough.


Down to the waterline

November 9th, 2013

Byron's Pool, Grantchester, Cambridge

Lord Byron used to swim just near here, they say. But not, I suspect, at this time of year.


Byron’s Pool, near Grantchester

Behind the bike sheds

October 29th, 2013


(We have hi-tech bike sheds at the Computer Lab.)