Robotics Company Meets Crowdfunding Target

A Bristol-based robotics company has met its planned crowdfunding target as it looks to pilot its first product.

Service Robotics is planning to pilot its GenieConnect product with 150 users in the first half of 2019, with a view of launching the product commercially in late-2019.

The company hopes the product, a robotic companion for the over-65s, will gain 40,000 subscribers within three years, representing 1.1 per cent of the number of over 65s who live alone in the UK.


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Older Adults Required For Autonomous Vehicle Trial – Jan – Feb 2019

Volunteers aged 65 or over required

Simulator trial of automated connected vehicle

Volunteers will be given shopping vouchers


​UWE Bristol is looking for volunteers aged 65 or over to take part in a simulator-based autonomous vehicle trial.

The trial is open to anyone aged 65 or over, so please pass on to your family or friends.

The Flourish project, which includes partners from across the South West including UWE Bristol, is working to develop a connected autonomous vehicle that integrates the mobility needs of older people with a secure and connected infrastructure.

The project is about to start its third and final series of simulator trials.

In the trial participants will experience interacting with an autonomous vehicle, and give their feedback.

Whilst in the simulator each participant will make a number of journeys in an autonomous vehicle in an imaginary city and semi-rural environments.

We are looking for older participants (aged 65 or older) who are either drivers or non-drivers.

No previous experience is needed.

Participants will receive shopping vouchers as a thank you and to cover travel expenses for each activity.

All participants will come along to an introductory session scheduled for Monday 28 January and lasting around two hours to find out about the trial and to give us their initial thoughts on autonomous vehicles.

They will then individually spend 2-3 hours with us on another day during the trial period.

The trial runs until Thursday 28 February at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory on Frenchay campus.

If you are interested and would like to know more, please email Iveta at

INVITATION to the launch of new call for SWCTN Automation Fellows

You’re invited to the Bristol launch of an exciting new funding call by the South West Creative Technology Network for those interested in automation, including robotics and AI on Wednesday 19th December 4-7pm at The Station, Bristol BS1 2AG.

SWCTN are offering 24 paid (£15K) fellowships to people from industry, academia and new talent. This is a great chance to take time to think about new and innovative approaches automation, with the possibility of further prototype funding down the line. 

For the full call

 The launch will be a chance to hear about the call in more detail, and have any questions or queries answered.

Sign up for the launch here:



We are at the intersection of robotics, AI and one of the biggest societal issues of our time

Business Leader recently sat down with Rob Parkes, the CEO of Service Robotics Ltd – a South West-based company that is changing the future of technology amongst the elderly.

With healthcare and societal issues relating to older generations being overlooked by the majority of the tech sector, Service Robotics is revolutionising how to use technology make the lives of the elderly better.

Service Robotics’ primary service is GenieConnect® – a companion robot service that uses an AI-enabled programme to help improve connectivity and support for the UK’s older generations.

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Shortlist Preview: C2I 2018 – A Celebration of Collaboration 

Now in its third year, Collaborate To Innovate (C2I) was launched to uncover inspiring examples of UK engineering collaboration and highlight the way in which engineers from different sectors and disciplines are working together to address some of society’s most fundamental challenges.

It’s fair to say that over the past three years it hasn’t disappointed, and has helped showcase a host of truly groundbreaking projects: from medical innovations that will enable us to live longer, healthier lives; to transportation technologies that are helping to change the way we get from A to B.

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Robotic Companies Dominating Disrupt 2018 in the SouthWest

Hardware tech companies from Bristol and Bath make up over a third of the top 25 most disruptive startups in the region.

The annual index, compiled by ADLIB, Foot Anstey and Tällt, shows the region as a global innovation hub. Judges selected the small and medium-sized companies based on a range of factors, from the make-up of their founding team and investors to their technology and ambition.

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Global Business Innovation Visit to South Korea – Advanced Materials FINAL CALL

Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme, delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network, is organising a second technology visit to South Korea for businesses developing advanced materials for mobility. Key technology areas are composites, light weighting, carbon fibre and high performance materials.

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