Posts Tagged ‘Alba Innovation Centre’

Cobra Simulation Projects The Future On The Gadget Show

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Cobra Simulation, the innovative Scottish company behind a new technology that could revolutionise training simulation for airline pilots and the military, is to feature on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show tonight, Monday 25 November.

Based in Livingston at the Alba Innovation Centre, a Scottish Enterprise funded project, Cobra Simulation was founded in 2012 by Alexander Bradley in order to develop, manufacture and market a ground-breaking new ‘2D/3D wraparound’ display solution.

Flight simulation markets alone were worth approx $3.2 Billion in 2012, and estimated to grow to $9.6 billion by 2018. Having previously been involved in a business specialising in flight simulation, Cobra’s founders identified a gap in the market and developed the Cobra Curved Display, the world’s first panadome spherical projection screen to use a single projector. The product uses the latest in first surface mirror technology and image warping software to provide an enhanced, immersive viewing experience.

Cobra’s managing director, Alexander Bradley says: “The difference in experience between traditional simulators and our screens is similar to that which you would feel if you compared a standard movie theatre with an IMAX cinema. Our screens make you feel like you are part of the action and with the ultra hd projectors when they become mainstream next year, it is as close as you can get to real life. I’m delighted that we have had the chance to showcase our technology on a programme with the reputation and following of The Gadget Show.”

A highly portable, easy-to-assemble and cost effective solution, the product has a wide range of potential applications in addition to flight and automotive simulation including home entertainment (gaming and 3D movie viewing), business (remote video conferencing and training), as well as military and educational uses. As such, the Cobra Curved Display has a huge potential global market.

Before approaching Alba Innovation Centre, lack of business premises and limited start-up funds meant that Mr Bradley was hosting demonstrations in the front room of his home.

As a result of the support provided by the team at Alba Innovation Centre, Cobra Simulation has raised more than £75K in private investment and secured grant funding from Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International worth a total of £7,500

“I can honestly say that we couldn’t have achieved what we have so far without the help and support of the Alba Innovation Centre,” adds Mr Bradley. “The Centre and its advisors have been like extra members of the Cobra team. The level and range of support supplied has been absolutely invaluable to the company’s growth.”

Peter Andrew, Head of incubation and innovation support at Innovation Centres Scotland, which manages Alba Innovation Centre on behalf of Scottish Enterprise, says: “Technology innovation is hugely important for Scotland’s future and Cobra Simulation is a fantastic example of an ambitious Scottish start up with the potential for massive growth on the world stage.”

The company has also expanded into a new production facility in Bathgate, where the curved display units are assembled from component parts, sourced and supplied from sub-contractors all over the world. The company formally went into production in early 2013.

Cobra Simulation has also now established and is continuing to develop a global network of resellers and has recently completed orders for display units from the US, the UK, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Portugal and New Zealand.

Access All Areas at Alba Innovation

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Alba Innovation Centre and the Alba Incubation Service will open its doors for the first time to Scotland’s technology and business community on Thursday 30 May.

Working with some of Scotland’s leading innovative technology companies including: Cyberhawk, Abo Wind, A2E, Dysis Medical and SenseMarine, Alba has been home to around 60 startup and growing early stage companies since opening six years ago.

The Alba Innovation Centre is a purpose-built technology business incubation centre in Livingston with 21 of Scotland’s most exciting hi-tech companies in the software, energy, digital media and medical device sectors currently located there.

Over the last 18 months aggregate turnover of the companies based in Alba has increased by almost 90% to £7.8m and numbers employed have risen by 31 to 120. The availability of a wide range of facilities and business support services is a major factor in Alba’s tenants having a higher than average survival rate of 85%.

Since the introduction of a virtual incubation model in June 2011, the number of early stage companies supported by Alba innovation advisors has reached 32, only a third of which have Alba as their business base.
The Innovation Hub allows early stage technology businesses to get off the ground at an entry level license fee of £200 per month. This means The Alba Innovation Centre is now the hub of a wider network of like minded technology entrepreneurs with virtual Alba Incubation Service clients located through the central belt, into Fife and Aberdeen.
To showcase all the exciting innovative technology and jobs being developed in the Alba Innovation Centre and Alba Incubation Service, this year sees the launch of Alba Open Doors, a one day event focusing on inspiring technology and new partnerships. Alba Open Doors is open to anyone involved in the technology sector from large OEM’s, software and technology businesses, to intermediaries, partners, stakeholders and other SMEs.

Over 20 companies including Cobra Simulation, Sense Marine and A2E will be exhibiting on the day. Keynoting in the morning are Martyn Wallace of Telefonica O2; global business speaker Jane Bromley; and Tom Crawford of Sense Marine who will explore current trends and forecast future developments for the technology sector.

Demonstrations in the afternoon by Alba clients, including Cyberhawk, Cobra Simulation, Dysis Medical and Sense Marine, will show visitors first hand how some of the groundbreaking innovations and new technologies being developed at Alba work in practice.

Ronnie Smith, Chief Executive of LESL says: “The aim of Open Doors is to inspire entrepreneurs to think differently about their business and allow them to innovate. We see the extraordinary work these companies do every day. This is your opportunity to find out about the latest developments in technology, to make new connections and to be inspired!”

David Smith, Director of Innovation, Scottish Enterprise, said: “This is a great opportunity for companies to make connections, explore opportunities and collaborate to help realise their ambitious growth plans.

“We know that companies that continually innovate tend to grow twice as fast as those that don’t, so it’s vital that Scottish companies adopt the mindset of innovation to ensure that they stay ahead of the competition as markets, technologies and trends shift. Scottish Enterprise is committed to building a culture of innovation across the economy which puts the successful exploitation of new ideas at the very heart of business growth.”

Originally created by Scottish Enterprise and West Lothian Council, Alba Innovation is operated by Innovation Centres Scotland (ICS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd (LESL), a not-for-profit social enterprise focused on the provision of business support services and office accommodation (real or virtual) for Scottish SMEs.


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