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Liverpool company harnesses AR for connected devices


Ultamation in Liverpool Science Park has developed an augmented reality app, to control connected devices.

The firm says that the app will enable users to control their home appliances by pointing their phone or tablet at the device. This will trigger a number of options to control its functions.

Using the LCR 4.0 business support programme, it worked alongside the Virtual Engineering Centre to develop a prototype.

“Initially, the idea was around augmented reality in residential control. However, the work we’ve done with the VEC through the LCR 4.0 programme has made us aware of wider market applications for this type of technology,” explained Oliver Hall, managing director at Ultamation.

“What started as a pipe dream has turned into a piece of technology I can hold in my hand and control devices in a way previously only seen in science fiction films. Not only this, we’ve received valuable PR and marketing support through the LCR 4.0 programme, all whilst owning the intellectual property (IP) rights.”

LCR 4.0 is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered in partnership with the University of Liveprool, Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Liverpool John Moores University, the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Hartree Centre and Sensor City.

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