Today's world is, on many fronts, full of uncertainty and disruption. Technology innovation, climate change, globalization, and geopolitics are all factors that contribute to disruption and uncertainty. In this environment, the need for agile thinking and action, frugal innovation with limited resources, and cross-border collaboration of every kind are all imperative.
Edited by CoMotion Staff
Last week, the CoMotion MakerSpace hosted one of their quarterly Show & Tell events. These events are designed to welcome the community into the MakerSpace to experience first-hand some of the amazing work that happens throughout the year. This quarter, 21 participants volunteered to give demonstrations and display their work. The projects utilized a wide range of technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting, virtual reality, touch-activated mechatronics, drones, in addition to many others.
This past June, CoMotion announced the opening of its new headquarters (HQ) in addition to its newest startup incubator space focusing on early-stage virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) startups. Since then, CoMotion Labs @ HQ now houses 15 different VR/AR startups, possesses a fully operational mixed reality lab, and has served as the hub for a variety of different community events such as Seattle Startup Week and the Seattle VR/AR Collective meetup.
The topic of “fakenews” is of course in the news (real or fake!). Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department, Sareeta Amrute, is interested in understanding the fake news problem from a sociological viewpoint. It appears that the top technology companies are, in their own image, looking for primarily technology solutions to a social and societal challenge.
For expectant parents, to hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time is a magical moment. For Martin Frasch, the sound of an unborn baby’s heart is potentially full of unmined data. Frasch is a research assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. As part of his research, he is developing new, non-invasive ways to monitor fetal health, and in so doing detect early signs of fetal distress, all with an eye to preventing brain injuries.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s UW Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge – EpiForAll, BWB Anesthesia, and PlayGait. EpiForAll is an affordable EpiPen alternative, BWB Anesthesia is an electricity-free anesthesia machine for low-resource settings and PlayGait is a device to help children with spinal injuries walk.
BluHaptics, the software company pioneering new solutions for telerobotics, has secured $1.36 million in Series A financing. This investment follows more than a million dollars in recent U.S. government grants, which together will be used to support the company’s expansion and launch of its first commercially available product.
Automated vehicles (AVs) are coming to Seattle, and now is the time for government officials to prepare for them. So say the authors of “Driverless Seattle: How Cities Can Plan for Automated Vehicles,” a new report from the Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington, put together in partnership with Challenge Seattle, a private sector initiative led by regional CEOs, and the Mobility Innovation Center at the University of Washington.
Earlier this week, CoMotion Labs Associate Director Elizabeth Scallon moderated a panel of virtual reality experts at the Seattle Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour. The Seattle Office of Film and Music organizes these monthly Happy Hours as a meetup for leaders in film, music, and interactive industries to network and connect.
The challenge: become a master monster hunter and wage a battle of wits against a cast of golden age movie ghouls in Ghostlight Manor, a new strategic puzzle game created by the University of Washington Bothell’s Digital Future Lab (DFL). Explore a haunted countryside as you rush toward the source of the invasion: a mysterious mansion at the end of a long and treacherous path.