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A Nation of Creators Pt.3

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A Nation of Creators, Part 3

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Blippar

Moving forward somewhat drastically, the innovative company making waves in the augmented reality space in the UK is Blippar. Creating custom augmented reality for brands and businesses to engage with their customers in a more personal way, Blippar is harnessing computer learning and AI in a unique, forward-thinking way. With Blippar, companies can gain a better understanding of how they’re perceived in the world, shaping their messaging accordingly.

Insignia Technologies

As we hurtle through today’s digital age, innovation is certainly becoming “smarter” in a techie sense at least. Insignia Technologies is the Scottish startup that’s bringing “smart” to the mundane: labels. Working mainly in food packaging, Insignia Technologies’ labels act as an indicator of when food is past its best – the packaging changes colour, thanks to extensive research into sensing technologies from the team behind the packaging.

Universal Turing Machine

Pegged as one of the “founding fathers” of computer science, Alan Turing’s work in the tech sphere was impactful. The complexities of his Turing machine are many and varied, but the UTM laid the foundation for any modern computer capable of copying a file from one medium to another.

Deliveroo

Recognising a major gap in the UK market has been the ultimate key to Deliveroo’s success. An online company that links restaurants which don’t typically deliver with the homes that want delivery, Deliveroo has exploded onto the scene in a big way since its inception in 2013. A staple name in today’s “sharing economy” trend, Deliveroo drivers are self-employed, carrying out deliveries on flexible, manageable timetables. Most importantly, Deliveroo gave me the power to order a Nando’s from my sofa, and that’s what the people truly want today.

Waterproof Material

The next time you get caught in the rain and have to pull out your waterproofs, know that you have Scotland to thank for the breakthrough discovery. Glasgow-born Charles Macintosh – the name behind Mackintosh raincoats – invented the waterproof raincoat back in 1824. Without delving too deep into the chemistry of this, Macintosh’s work with a chemical called naphtha led to his discovery of a way to fuse two fabrics together with natural rubber, getting rid of the hassle of rainy days.

GiveVision

Living with impaired vision is a struggle that many people face. The SightPlus is a device that’s innovating in the vision technology space, providing a way to ease difficulty for those with impaired vision. The device is wearable and hands-free, bringing the world back into focus for those who struggle daily with their sight.

Infi-Tex

Sensory tech is something you’ll likely be hearing a lot more about over the coming years. And there’s a UK company that’s pushing the boundaries of textiles with sensory tech – smart clothes could well be on the horizon. Infi-Tex creates intelligent, pressure-sensitive materials that can be printed into textiles. The company will be unveiling their InfiSole at this year’s Mobile World Congress, which can be easily integrated into footwear, and can be used to capture generated data. The InfiSole could be big news for a range of fields – Diabetics could use the device in training, step counting and walking whereas the entertainment sector could see drastic changes – gaming could be worn on the feet.

What3words

Mapping the world is about to take a new turn. What3words is revolutionising the way addressing works, by dividing the world into a three-metre by three-metre grid and giving each area a three word address. This simplifies location, ensuring that everyone the world over has an address – including the developing world.

Evrythng

The Internet of Things has been a major buzz phrase of the past few years, but we’re yet to see any huge leaps and bounds taken in this sector. Bringing “smart” to our products is the goal of Evrythng – their aim is to bring everything around us to life in the digital age. Connecting all of these products with the web is no mean feat, and Evrythng is using intelligent data to inform their offering, leading us towards an increasingly connected world.

GyroGlove

Medicine graduate Faii Ong had the idea for the GyroGlove while treating a patient with tremors – the patient was unable to feed themselves due to the tremors. The idea of the GyroGlove was born following this, as a way to give independence and control back to patients suffering with mobility issues in their hands.

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