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Sensory innovation

Published: Fri 13 Feb 2015
Sensory innovation

Together with Emkay Engineering Ltd and supported by the Yorkshire Innovation Fund, the University of Bradford is working to further develop a sensory product, known as the Wireless Control Bubble Bar.

The University’s development of a new range of wireless controlled devices, with efficient power control from a small battery handset, will offer many benefits to future users. For example, the handset may easily be moved around and away from the main controlled device/s, as well as offering a variety of different options to the user.

This main innovation using wireless connectivity feature has been added by the Bradford research team directed by Professor Raed A Abd-Alhameed and Dr James Noras. The company has now already implemented the wired and switch control of some devices.

As the wireless control bubble tube continues to be developed, it can be offered to a variety of markets; from local authorities, to health care professionals working with children or adults; as well as more unusual settings such as hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. Interest in the bubble bar has already begun.

Prof Raed A Abd-Alhameed, Professor of Electromagnetics and Radio Frequency Engineering, who will be leading the project with Dr James Noras, said: “Sharing knowledge with industry is an important part of the strategic research plan of our new school, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. We work with industry clients who recognize that sharing our knowledge base is vital for their innovation and growth”.

“We collaborate closely with industry, using and improving our joint expertise in theoretical and commercial developments, and here we have helped prepare an important bid for a large industrial manufacturer. In this present case we had already developed several important tools and services with Emkay to improve the wireless operation of their Bubble tubes. The present funding award is for further significant development required to meet commercialisation and marketing requirements”.  

Picture: The wireless control bubble tube continues to be further developed by the University of Bradford Professor Raed Abd-Alhameed (right) and Emkay Engineering LTD, Mrs Helen Martyn.


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