We are thrilled to have won a Smart Grant from Innovate UK for an ambitious £400k R&D project!

Smart is Innovate UK’s open grant funding programme that supports “ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.”

In May 2018 we won an Innovate UK Emerging and Enabling Technologies grant for a £100k project, which supported the development of copernic360 to enhance 360° content with 6DOF motion, eliminating motion sickness and enhancing the user’s sense of presence in VR experiences.

Our recently awarded Smart grant is focused on Unlocking 360° VR by Spherical Deep Learning. The project consists of three components: (i) building out our fourpiAI platform for geometric AI for spherical data; (ii) developing a next-generation version of copernic360 with dramatically enhanced realism; and (iii) developing the technology behind copernic worlds to provide large-scale virtual worlds that you can seamlessly explore for next-generation virtual tours, novel forms of interactive storytelling, and more.

Innovate UK Smart grants are awarded to “the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation.” We’re delighted to have been recognised for our innovative approach and the grant will allow us to continue our aggressive programme of innovative, cutting-edge R&D.