Cambridge Consultants offers an endless variety of engineering, scientific and design challenges. Our 700 brilliant people get to work on the project of a lifetime every week – from a penguin camera designed to work in the Antarctic to a base station that fits in the palm of your hand or an auto-injector that makes vital injections less stressful for patients. We give our people the freedom to pursue projects that inspire them – we’re not interested in trying to mould you to fit a pre-existing role. We look for free-thinking individuals who’ll find original solutions to novel problems. Our Technology Scholarships give exceptional A-level students the chance to work with us on real projects for a year before going to university – plus guaranteed paid work during the summer holidays. We also offer paid internships to university students, ranging from eight-week placements to a full year as part of your degree course.

Awesome team creates SparTag data collection tool

When you want to develop an awesome product fast, you need an awesome team – but you also need the very best tools. At Cambridge Consultants we're often working on projects involving wearables and sports analytics – with clients that are trying to push the limits of what can be measured.


Often the question is: “I know what I want to measure but is that even possible?” That’s where tools like SparTag are worth their weight in gold. SparTag is a tool for learning. It offers a quick and efficient way of capturing, processing and analysing motion data from equipment or directly from the body – and presenting it as useful, actionable information.

SparTag is a compact tag containing a three-axis accelerometer, a gyroscope and a magnetometer, coupled with sophisticated algorithms tailored specifically to a device. Combining all the data from its sensors, SparTag can report trajectory, orientation and acceleration with great accuracy. Crucially, the smart system then interprets the data and presents it in an easy-to-understand way.

But the important thing is what it allows our engineers to do – they can very quickly answer the question: “Is it possible?”

We’ve used SparTag to analyse the swing of a baseball bat. The device captured the motion and, with the help of some clever analysis, the information was presented in an understandable way to enable players to improve their swing.

This is just the first step in designing and engineering the next generation of smart devices. Armed with insights from SparTag, we can guide our clients towards the best solutions to their problems.

And who built SparTag in the first place? Well, our own awesome engineers, of course!

KiCoPen smart injection pen helps people with diabetes

Diabetes affects more than 370 million people worldwide – and can often mean daily insulin injections to control fluctuating blood glucose levels.

Without careful control, there’s a risk of damage to organs, blood vessels and nerves over time – leading to further health complications. But who wants to worry about blood glucose levels when they’re out having fun with their mates?


At Cambridge Consultants, we decided to come up with a way of letting technology take some of the strain. Our engineers created an insulin pen that could automatically capture the dose for each injection so that patients didn’t have to make a note each time. Sensors record use of the device and a Bluetooth module enables the wireless transmission of the data.

The next hurdle was how to power the KiCoPen injection pen as the introduction of a battery would complicate things when it came to manufacturing and storing the device – batteries don’t like to be left on the shelf too long!

Our engineers came up with the answer by developing a novel ‘energy harvesting’ technique. It captures the energy generated by the simple removal of the pen’s cap and uses that to power the device.

We thought it was a great idea – and so did the judges who voted us winners of a prestigious Red Dot Design Award.

Selfies for penguins

At Cambridge Consultants, our engineers not only get the chance to create innovative technology but sometimes their work helps to protect some of the world’s most endangered species.

Our engineers describe it as helping penguins take selfies. But that’s over-simplifying things just a bit…

Selfies for Penguins

The Zoological Society of London was facing a critical challenge – with limited resources, how could it stem the decline in endangered creatures such as rhinos and emperor penguins?

Our engineers came to the rescue – with a system of satellite-enabled, motion-triggered cameras that could operate anywhere on the planet, for up to a year on a single battery, in extreme environments, day and night. This would allow them to keep an eye on rare rhinos in the heat of Africa or penguins in the middle of freezing Antarctica.

The cameras harness a range of technologies, including the versatile Raspberry Pi microcomputer. And the captured images are sent back over the Iridium satellite communication network – 66 low-earth-orbit satellites that represent the only commercial satellite system with full coverage of the globe.

A mobile app – called Instant Wild – allows users anywhere in the world to view the photos and immediately identify different animals by cross-checking with the field guide provided in the app.

At the same time, the system provides early warning of illegal poaching activity involving rhinos in Africa, as well as evidence for prosecutions. And in Antarctica it helps monitor the migration patterns of penguins to get a picture of just how climate change is affecting their habitats.

Our engineers like to make a difference. What did you do today?