Technology

Virtual reality gamers to get their hands on Bristol-designed touch technology in first commercial deal

February 28, 2020
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Virtual reality gamers to get their hands on Bristol-designed touch technology in first commercial deal

Pioneering mid-air touch technology developed in Bristol is to be available for the first time commercially in a virtual reality (VR) headset for gamers. Ultraleap, the Bristol-based firm behind the world-leading technology, has signed an agreement with innovative immersive VR hardware firm Pimax, based in Shanghai and Silicon Valley. ...

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Projects put Bristol at leading edge of XR as real and virtual realities blur

February 24, 2020
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Projects put Bristol at leading edge of XR as real and virtual realities blur

Three Bristol-based projects have been recognised as among the world’s leading extended reality (XR) installations. Last year respected American business publication Forbes Magazine looked at the growth of XR, which combines real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions.  It identified 35 of the world’s best projects that are using XR...

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Bristol to become testbed for using 5G to improve UK manufacturing

February 24, 2020
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Bristol to become testbed for using 5G to improve UK manufacturing

Bristol-based tech firm Zeetta Networks is to lead a consortium working on a £9m project to revolutionise UK manufacturing by harnessing the power of 5G. The 11-strong consortium, which also includes the University of Bristol, its National Composites Centre (NCC) and the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), is...

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Incubator SETsquared to host tech business advice session in Easton

February 19, 2020
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Incubator SETsquared to host tech business advice session in Easton

SETsquared Bristol, the world-leading incubator, is to stage an advice session for anyone with a great tech business idea but do not know where to start. The event, on March 10 at Easton Community Centre, is also aimed that those who are unsure what to do next to grow...

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High-growth semiconductor firm choses Bristol as base for new design centre

February 14, 2020
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High-growth semiconductor firm choses Bristol as base for new design centre

One of the world’s leading semiconductor companies is to open a design office in Bristol in a further boost to the city’s reputation as a leading tech hub. Moortec, which has its head office in Plymouth, makes in-chip monitoring technology – a rapidly growing segment of the semiconductor industry...

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Bristol leading the UK in growth of its fintech sector, report shows

February 14, 2020
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Bristol leading the UK in growth of its fintech sector, report shows

Bristol’s burgeoning fintech businesses are helping to make the West of England the UK’s leading hotspot for the fast-growing sector, according to a new report published this week. It shows that the Bristol and Bath area has one of the strongest fintech ecosystems in the country, with a high number...

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City centre UX lab opens to keep Bristol’s tech developers at the leading edge

February 7, 2020
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City centre UX lab opens to keep Bristol’s tech developers at the leading edge

Product and service developers working in Bristol’s fast-growing tech sector can now test their prototypes in a new city centre user research and user experience (UX) lab. Opened by Bristol UX and service design specialists Mace & Menter, the lab, pictured, forms part of the firm’s studio in the...

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Tech start-ups get chance to tap into expertise by staying in the Loop

February 7, 2020
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Tech start-ups get chance to tap into expertise by staying in the Loop

A new growth programme to support the growing number of tech start-ups across the South West has been launched by a team of experts in areas ranging from PR to accounting. Called Loop, it gives participants structured access to practical advice across a spectrum of business services, including investor...

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Bristol’s Engine Shed aims to widen access to city’s tech sector with series of tours for school kids

February 6, 2020
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Bristol’s Engine Shed aims to widen access to city’s tech sector with series of tours for school kids

Schoolchildren from across the West of England are getting a chance to find out more about opportunities in the region’s tech sector as part of a scheme launched by Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub. The first of its Tech Tours took place in January when youngsters from Blackhorse Primary...

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New centre director promises next phase of growth for Bristol’s Future Space hub

February 4, 2020
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New centre director promises next phase of growth for Bristol’s Future Space hub

Bristol science and tech hub Future Space has appointed Laura Crocken Stevens as its new centre director. Laura, pictured, takes up the post after eight months as innovation director the innovation centre on UWE’s Frenchay Campus, which is home to 50 science and technology businesses.  She replaces Marty Reid,...

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Bristol entrepreneurs fly flag for city at inaugural regional business awards

January 31, 2020
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Bristol entrepreneurs fly flag for city at inaugural regional business awards

Entrepreneurial Bristol businesses ranging from a maker of biodegradable glitter to a designer specialising in digitally printed luxury silk scarves were among the winners in a business awards scheme that showcases the region’s ‘ones to watch’. Some 27 outstanding individuals and firms went head-to-head in nine award categories aimed...

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Funding for Bristol tech firm that sees your phone as the future way of detecting eye disease

January 31, 2020
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Funding for Bristol tech firm that sees your phone as the future way of detecting eye disease

A Bristol business developing smartphone software that can easily detect eye diseases has received £225,000 in growth funding from a group of established city-based entrepreneurs. Technology being developed by OKKO is creating new sets of big data about vision which could soon lead to new insights into visual health, including allowing people to...

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Jobs, funding and turnover growth add up to a record year for SETsquared Bristol

January 31, 2020
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Jobs, funding and turnover growth add up to a record year for SETsquared Bristol

SETsquared Bristol, the world-leading incubator, is celebrating another record year with the combined turnover of its member businesses reaching a new high along with strong jobs growth and investment levels. During 2019 SETsquared Bristol, based in the city’s Engine Shed innovation hub, also strengthened its commitment to diversity in...

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