Previously... Tony Hooley

2011 - 2019

2019 - "Space Mission"!


HRL joins the DIT / GBIP Space Mission to Silicon Valley and LA, to promote its SMA-actuated  phased-array antenna technology for LEO satellite broadband ground terminals.

2018 - FPA for LEOsats


HRL's SMA-actuated phase-shifters have very low-loss and very high transmit efficiency, and can be grouped into a conformable or flat-panel array to make a low-cost (<<$1000) hi-performance LEO satellite ground-terminal antenna for world-wide end-user broadband service.

2016 - SMA-Tuned RF Filter


HRL applied its know-how with SMA (Shape Memory Alloy) as an actuator material, to the problem of tuning RF devices. This first tunable filter design has exceptional performance.

2013 - SMA Optical Image Stabilisation


 Building further on their SMA technology, 1...Ltd now renamed as Cambridge Mechatronics, launched the world's  thinnest OIS actuator for cellphone cameras, first released in the FoxConn M530 smartphone 

2012 - Hooley Research founded


Hooley founded Hooley Research Ltd  (HRL) in 2012, to continue the cognitive processing and related work of Nallen Ltd, and subsequently to also explore new SMA actuator technologies and applications.

2012 - Yamaha YSP-4000BL


 In 2012 1...Ltd sold the previously licensed Digital Sound Projector patents to Yamaha, who have by now manufactured more than $1Bn of this 1...Ltd DSoP technology 

2005 - 2010

2007 - SMA Autofocus Camera


1...Ltd launched its first Shape Memory Alloy  autofocus unit that went into a million Panasonic cellphones

2006 - Acoustic FEA


 In 2006 Hooley developed a generalised 2D multithreaded acoustic FEA code to analyse and design new types of high-efficiency acoustic transducers and array systems.  

2005 - IEE Achievement Medal


 The Institute of Electrical Engineers (now the IET) awarded Hooley their Achievement Medal, which is  "awarded to individuals who have made major and distinguished contributions in the various sectors of science, engineering and technology".  

2005 - Nallen Ltd founded


After relinquishing his full-time positions at 1...Ltd Hooley founded Nallen Ltd   to pursue full-time his long-term research into image processing, cognitive computing, language understanding and robotics , whilst still acting as a consultant to 1...Ltd

2005 - Dolby


 Ray Dolby, who had visited 1...Ltd's CES stand in Las Vegas in 2002, was now interested in adapting the DSoP technology for movie theatres, and 1...Ltd began a joint development with Dolby Labs in 2005 

2005 - 3D Phased-Array


In 2005 we also developed the first  acoustic 3D phased-array PA loudspeaker for a professional audio client.  This cylindrical array can direct up to 8 independent beams  around 360deg horizontally and +/-70deg vertically, and has a continuous power rating of over 1KW.


2004 - Phased array SImulator


 The phased array simulator used to model all the 1...Ltd Digital Sound Projectors was enhanced to allow arbitrary / irregular arrays including this "squiral" array (for square-spiral) surrounding a TV screen 

2004 - Helimorph Autofocus Camera


  1...Ltd's first commercial cellphone-camera product was an Autofocus device in 2004, using a Helimorph to move the lens axially. A mass production line was built in China in conjunction with Flextronics, for Sony-Ericsson.  

2004 - Yamaha YSP-1


 After developing a chipset for the DSoP, 1...Ltd licensed the technology to Yamaha who then launched their first DSoP product, the YSP-1,  in Tokyo, Nov 2004 selling at less than $4000 

2003 - Businessman Of The Year Award


 Cambridge Evening News Business Excellence Awards chose Hooley as Businessman Of The Year in 2003, against stiff competition including Prof. (now Sir) Richard Friend, Alan Barrel & Andy Richards. 







1999 - 2002

2002 - T3 Award


 Following the fantastic press after the 2002 CES launch and the Pioneer PDSP-1 launch, T3 Magazine awarded 1...Ltd Innovation of the Year 

2002 Sep - Pioneer Licence


 Pioneer of Japan licensed the 1..Ltd DSoP  technology and launched its first product in September 2002 in USA, Japan and Europe, selling at $50,000 

2002 Jan - CES Launch


 1...Ltd publicly launched its revolutionary Digital Sound Projector at CES Las Vegas in January 2002. Capable of steering and focussing 8 independent audio beams, the DSoP could produce full 5.1 channel surround sound without any additional boxes or wires. 

2000 - Millenium Products


   Hooley's company 1...Ltd received a Design Council Millenium Products Award  in 2000 for its Digital Loudspeaker Technology  

1999 - Helimorph


 Hooley & Pearce filed the first Helimorph actuator patent in 1999 - the WHERM as it was initially called, is a very high displacement piezoelectric actuator with superhelix geometry. A 4mm high Helimorph actuator can move +/-6mm! 

1999 - MIAA Award


  The Manufacturing Industry Achievement Award was presented to 1...Ltd in 1999 for "Design Product of the Year" for its Digital  Sound Projector product.  

1995 - 1999

1999 - AES Award


 The Audio Engineering Society (AES) honoured Hooley's company 1...Ltd  in 1999 with an award for "Breakthroughs in Loudspeaker Technology". 

1998 - CEN Award


 in 1998 the Cambridge Evening News Business Excellence Awards  announced 1...Ltd  as Small Business of The Year 

1995 - 1...Ltd founded


 With initial funding in place from the SMART Award, Hooley founded a new company, 1...Ltd to house the development, whose  name reflected the core technology (unary arithmetic) of his original digital loudspeaker concept. 

1995 - SMART Award


 Hooley's Digital Loudspeaker concept won a DTI SMART Award in 1995,  which kicked off funding for this new technology  development. 

1995 - Digital Loudspeaker


 In 1995 Hooley designed, built and patented the world's first completely Digital Loudspeaker, based on unary-code and acoustic digital to analogue conversion 

1995 - Design Award


 In 1995 the Cottesloe Sundial won Hooley a W.A. Civic Design Award from the Joint Committee of Australian Architects 

1987 - 1993

1993 - Explosive Detection


 As Technical Director of AI Cambridge Ltd Hooley oversaw the development of a picogram-sensitive SEMTEX  plastic explosive detector 

1993 - Cottesloe Sundial


 In his role as astrophysicist Hooley designed the Cottesloe Sundial in 1987 which won equal first prize at the World Sundial Triennium , Italy in 1993. Sited on the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean this is the largest sundial in the southern hemisphere and due to its unique design, the most accurate in the world, throughout the year. 

1992 - CCA Pty Ltd founded


After leaving Insearch Ltd Hooley founded his first Australian company CCA Pty Ltd, which developed an extremely fast free-text database,  as well as a multiuser business database. CCA provided computing consultancy services to companies in Sydney, including designing and installing a large networked computer-laboratory for UTS/Insearch Ltd.

1991 - Insearch Business & Computing School


 As managing Director of UTS Insearch Ltd in 1991 Hooley oversaw the creation and opening of the Insearch Business and Computing School in Sydney, Australia, and the take-over of The Prince Centre for UTS.

1988 -Spider Web Staircase


 More architectural work - CBTDL designed and built a staircase in Perth WA fashioned after a spider's web, made from West Australian timber. 

1987 - Acorn BASIC


 In 1987 CBTDL won a contract from a West Australian client to fast-track (in 6 months) a clean-room-designed Acorn Computer-compatible BASIC Interpreter


1986 - The Shed


The architectural interest re-emerged with CBTDL's first construction project, this exotic garden shed which had a hyperbolic paraboloidal roof, a curved staircase onto the roof, and a tower!

1986 - CBTDL founded


After leaving Eicon in 1985, Hooley set up a new consultancy company Cambridge Building Technology Design Ltd. The first significant contract won was from the West Australian Institute of Technology, WAIT,  in Perth WA.

1985 - RITA Award


In 1985 Eicon Research's DisCache won the National Computing Centre's  Research, Innovation and Technology Award (RITA) for "Systems Innovation of the Year"

1982 - DisCache


In 1982 Eicon launched DisCache, a very high-speed, networked, cached hard-disk drive for small personal computers including Apple II and NEC computers, prior to the launch of the IBM PC in the UK. Initially 10MB, then 20MB and finally 40MB systems were available, which also networked up to 128 computers together, at ~10Mb/sec.

1980 - Apple 8-inch Floppy Disk Drives


Eicon's Apple II clients all wanted much more storage than Apple's own 5.25-inch 142KB floppy disks could provide. So we designed and manufactured disk controllers and drive systems to provide first 250KB, then 500KB and finally 1MB per drive 8-inch floppy-drive systems for the Apple II.

1979 - APM Machine


 Hooley was one of the 4-man team at the Cambridge Institute of Astronomy beginning in 1974 that designed and built the SRC Automatic Plate Measuring Machine (APM) that came on-line in 1979 and ran as a National Facility to astronomers world-wide for more than 25 years 


1978 - Eicon Research Ltd founded


 Hooley co-founded in 1978, with his college friend John Hartley, his first company Eicon Research Ltd,  initially as a technical consultancy.  After noticing that many of their clients needed small computers for gathering data, controlling equipment and also as data processing machines, Eicon started selling Apple II computers.

1976 - PhD Thesis


University of Cambridge Doctor of Philosophy dissertation, titled "The Statistical Properties of Extragalactic Radio Sources", was submitted in 1976  It was one of the first PhD theses in the World to be printed by a computer, using Hooley's HPP early word-processor..

1972 - Early Word Processor


Frustrated by the problem of hand-typing and correcting academic papers,  in 1972,  11 years before the launch of Microsoft's Word V1.0, Hooley developed HPP (Hooley Paginating Program) that allowed documents to be entered on punched cards via a keypunch machine and printed on the University of Cambridge's central computer, an IBM370 mainframe.

1972 - RADARS database


In 1972 at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge,   Hooley developed RADARS (Radio Astronomy Data Analysis and Retrieval System) named for the British pioneers of radio-astronomy who were all radar developers during WWII. 

1971 - IEE Prize


Awarded the IEE Prize for the Year for Distinction in his Electronics / Physics / Maths degree course, and awarded a 1st class honours degree from University of London

1970 - Artificial Neuron


A high-speed artificial neuron simulator (modelled on McCulloch & PItts')  was developed by Hooley while a University of London undergraduate, in his Lab at Chelsea.

Early-Days (pre 1970)

1968 - Another Guitar Amplifier


This one had a record player inside as well... custom built for Hooley's college room in Chelsea

1966 - Guitar Amplifier


After some years experimenting with short-wave radio electronics, Hooley used his skills to design and build a guitar amplifier - using valves/tubes of course!

1965 - Bass Guitar


As a school art & mechanical-engineering project, Hooley designed and built an 8-string electric bass guitar

1965 - Home Lab


After converting an outhouse into a  "chemistry lab" Hooley moved on to electronics and started making his own equipment, including an RF signal generator, a multi-output DC power supply, an oscilloscope and a high-gain pre-amplifier.

1963 - Hyperbolic Paraboloid


An early fascination with architectural forms lead to the creation of this hyperbolic paraboloid by the mill-stream, made of bamboo (which grew in the valley, and had been previously utilised to make weapons-grade bows and arrows!), 

1960 - Masonry Dam


One of Hooley's earliest constructions - a dam in the mill stream running along the bottom of the valley.