Bristol VR Centre opensInnovation
The Bristol VR Lab is now up-and-running as a landmark new facility to further Bristol’s reputation as a central development hub for Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) skills and content.
The Lab – founded by the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Watershed and Virtual Reality Developer, Opposable Group – aims to position Bristol as a centre of excellence and innovation of VR/AR at both a national and international level.
The Bristol VR Lab will bring together small businesses and individual content creators to access and pool their collective knowledge and skills, promoting growth and innovation and working within a University-led Research and Development community to develop future products and services. Examples of projects that are currently in development include: a haptic chair developed by Dr Nick Inoue that sends infrasonic vibrations through the body as you experience sound and motion in VR, and GoVirtually, a new start-up company founded by graduate Rachel Godfrey that produces 360degree 3D virtual tours that seek to help people with autism break down perceptual and societal barriers.
The Bristol VR Lab is funded by £295,000 from the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership. The award follows the news by the Government to establish a 5G test-bed in Bristol, which will drive forward new 5G business opportunities for the region and UK.
Following an incubation period – supported by global giants including BBC, Airbus and Microsoft – 20 start-ups are now settled into the Leadworks building in Anchor Square (which housed the original Pervasive Media Studio).