The Cen
tre for Speckled Computing is involved in numerous projects in a variety of fields, developing platforms for use in wireless networked embedded systems research.

This research has been funded by several agencies, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Rese
arch Council (EPSRC), the National Health Service, and the European Union Framework 7 programmes.

Summaries of our current and more recent projects are given below, along with links for further reading.

Current Projects


The primary aim of DAPHNE is to understand the early life effects of air pollution in Delhi by estimating exposure-response relationships between ambient air pollution exposures and health effects (birth weight, acute respiratory in children under two years) and asthma exacerbations in adolescents aged 11-18 years.

Find out more about the DAPHNE Project


NHS Respiratory Projects

We are involved in ongoing research into the development of wireless technology devices that enable remote  
monitoring of patients with respiratory disorders.  Extensive work is currently under way with a number of NHS Boards.

Read more about our work with the NHS in this Scotsman newspaper article


Platform for the Deployment and Operation of Heterogeneous Networked Co-operating Objects
Speckled Computing is part of the consortium on this European project. The main objective of PLANET is the design, development and validation of an integrated platform to enable the deployment, operation and maintenance of large-scale/complex systems of heterogeneous networked Cooperating Objects, including Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks and mobile objects.

The platform will support optimal and adaptive deployment and operation by means of mobile cooperating objects, i.e. vehicles, networked with static nodes. The platform will be validated in two complementary scenarios: the monitoring of the Donyana Biological Reserve with very high ecological value and very sensitive to the impact of pollution, and the highly automated airfield scenario in which security plays an important role and where wireless communication and cooperative techniques pose significant challenges.

Read all about PLANET

Planet Horse Documentary

IDEAL - Intelligent Domestic Energy Advice Loop
Wireless sensors from Speckled Computing are being utilised in this project to develop new methods to help reduce domestic carbon emissions and tackle fuel-poverty. The £2.15M grant project will develop an "Intelligent Domestic Energy Advice Loop" to help dwelling occupants to save energy and money. Reducing energy demand from existing dwellings through behavioural change is crucial for meeting UK carbon emission reduction targets.

Find out more about the IDEAL project


Italian cellist Nicola Baroni has been using the Orient Motion Capture system designed by the Centre for Speckled Computing in an innovative approach to composition.

See and listen to the technology in action at concerts, workshops and recording studios around Europe

Recent Projects


HOlistic platform design for smart Buildings of future interNET

The main objective of this European project is to ease and maximize the use of FIRE platforms by multidisciplinary developers of Future Internet applications focused on automation and energy efficiency for smart/green buildings.

Hobnet project overview

Leaving Planet Earth

Speckled Computing technology was featured in a ground-breaking theatre production by Grid Iron Productions as part of the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival. It was nominated in the Best Technical Presentation category at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland on 8th June 2014.

Read more about the show on the EIF website.


This year-long project from 2012 to 2013 was a collaboration between The Centre for Speckled Computing and students from the four main art colleges in Scotland. It aimed to spark ideas and develop socially informed design solutions based on the emerging speckled computing technology, and digital media and social networking opportunities. The ideas for interactive artefacts, environments and services imagined by students were realised as functioning prototypes that culminated in an exhibition at a conference in Edinburgh in June 2013 and in the publication of a book.

Find out more about the Workshops on the DesignspecK website

Scottish Ballet

The video below shows work that was undertaken with Scottish Ballet, using the Orient-5 Motion Capture system to capture full-body movement in real time during a performance of the Summer Fairy Solo from Prokoviev's Cinderella by Scottish Ballet's Principal, Sophie Martin.

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2012

The new generation of Orient-4 Wireless Motion Capture System was unveiled at the Edinburgh International Science Festival as part of the InMotion exhibition in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland. Attendees were able to wear the specks and animate cartoon characters on a large screen. Photographs of the event are provided with the kind permission of Mark Wright.