Over the last couple of weeks, we have been asked to speak at a couple of events in Liverpool. Liverpool is such a great city to be based in, particularly with events bringing various sectors of the business community together. Being based at Liverpool Science Park puts us in an ideal position and gives us the contacts to get involved. This being British Science Week gives us a perfect opportunity to talk about technology and how Computer Science is so important in our future industries ... especially with Industry 4.0 on the horizon.
The excitement of winning an award for our augmented reality solution is just about calming down and we wanted to take the opportunity to share the official Crestron EMEA Awards brochure.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit over to Amsterdam to ISE 2018, the largest integrated systems trade show in the world, and have just about recovered!
So what were our highlights?
In what is already proving to be a very good year for Ultamation, we're delighted to welcome another new member to the team ... introducing Joel Kellam as our latest Control Systems Engineer.
We are thrilled to announce we have won our fourth Crestron EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Award! We have won The Most Unique Application (Residential) with our “Through the Looking Glass” solution; an amalgamation of touchpanel control, augmented reality and voice control to work in a residential or business environment.
To find out all about it, read more here or follow us on Twitter @Ultamation
The New Year brought with it a new member of the Ultamation team; we're delighted to introduce Emily Young.
Emily is a graduate from the University of Liverpool, having achieved a First Class Honours in Software Development, including a year in Industry. Emily realised after her G.C.S.E.'s that she had a keen interest and ability in computing, and went on to study it at A-level and pursued it further at University.
In the run up to Christmas we decided it would be a good time to put in our request to the big man himself (that's Father Christmas, Santa Claus, St. Nick, etc.). So we've been looking at what would be the coolest home automation products to have in your home for the ultimate Christmas?
A few years ago, when large shops and department stores were dominating our high streets, a new initiative started to help support the small business, particularly around Christmas. This has developed over time in different areas. We live in a village in the north west of England and to us this is about supporting our small local shops, and those people who have built up a business from their kitchen table which now sells nationwide.
For me, this quote sums it up:
“When you buy from a small business an actual person does a little dance”
and it’s true … we actually do!
Last week was an unusual week for Ultamation, as we demonstrated the first glimpse of our “proof of concept” for next generation user interaction. As a company with a reputation for innovative control solutions; we took our latest venture to a new market and attended the UK’s biggest digital manufacturing exhibition – Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool. This event, run by The Manufacturer magazine, is the UK’s biggest showcase for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – a revolution in manufacturing agility, innovation and thinking.
We developed this new User Interface with the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), part of University of Liverpool, with the home automation market in mind. However, as we have gone on to develop the concept further, by adding voice control, we starting thinking about other applications for this burgeoning technology. What started as a speculative move has transformed into an exciting new world of opportunity for us.
Ultamation have a proud history of serial innovation: The first company to embrace Crestron’s custom Smart Graphics technology in releasing a number of unique controls, including analogue clocks, colour pickers and lighting visualisation; releasing productivity tools to universal acclaim amongst Crestron GUI designers and programmers; cracking the technical challenges around the hugely popular IP control module for Apple TV devices; to say nothing of a string of unique features for Crestron Residential systems that continue to push the envelope of home automation, be it around location tracking or voice control.
While we develop the business as one of the global leaders in delivering Crestron solutions, we continue to innovate in order to enhance our standard products. Sometimes, these innovations offer the possibility to break the mould, and we’re excited to release the first glimpse of our “proof of concept” for next generation user interaction.
This week we present our concept for a new method of interaction with control systems in residential, commercial, industrial or marine environments.