Prospering from the energy revolution consultation event

Innovate UK in collaboration with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the research councils and the KTN, are seeking innovators, academics and thought leaders to participate in a consultation workshop on the 7th September in Birmingham, to review and validate the proposed Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) theme, Prospering from the energy revolution which has an aspiration to create a number of “whole system”, local energy demonstrators around the UK to accelerate the energy system transition.

 

Background

Secure, affordable and clean energy is critical to our economic productivity, competitiveness, and employment. Optimising the transition in the UK first helps our economy to thrive while also opens up domestic markets and immense export opportunities for UK businesses.  The UK is taking a lead in the move to a cleaner system.

 

A series of local demonstrators across the UK is now essential to serve as ‘innovation runways’ that link up new solutions, assess and prove clean, affordable energy outcomes in the real world, and launch innovative businesses into commercial readiness, prepared for export. 

 

Funding is not guaranteed for the programme.  This engagement forms a vital part of the process to finalise a proposal on which funding decisions will be made in early autumn, alongside others dealing with challenges across the economy.

 

Innovate UK are looking to engage with stakeholders to;

·      Validate the scope of the challenge they are proposing

·      Understand the market opportunity

·      Ensure the programme time scales are reasonable

·      Gather feedback on the scale of investment that might be needed

·      Understand industry appetite to participate and co-fund

 

Have your say at the consultation event

You can register your interest here to attend the consultation event on 7th September in Birmingham.  As places are limited for the event you will be contacted by 28th August to confirm if you have been allocated a place.

Immerse UK July update

Image: thanks to REWIND and Igloo

Image: thanks to REWIND and Igloo

It's been another busy month for Immerse UK and its members. We've been involved in a variety of events and projects, including:

 

  • hosting our members summer drinks this week in conjunction with VRLO. Over 500 attendees got to experience the latest tech and innovative projects over networking drinks.

 

  • supporting the first ever diversity bootcamp as part of the VR Diversity Initiative, led by Catherine Allen. The one-day bootcamp was held at Digital Catapult's HQ on 13th July with masterclasses and workshops from industry experts.

 

  • partnering with PwC and Digital Catapult to produce an interactive map of the UK's VR/AR industry. Developed by Jeremy Dalton, VR/AR lead at PwC, the map highlights a range of data for the entirety of the UK, with users able to select a range of different metrics. You can access the map here

The IDC Spotlight: July 2017

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The adoption of any technology is usually impacted by price, with sales of new devices growing as prices decline, particularly in the consumer segment. New technologies, such as AR and VR, are experiencing a different trend in the UK though. In the first quarter of 2017, the average selling price (ASP) of AR headsets increased 20% from the previous year to £1,762. VR headsets experienced even stronger growth, with ASPs climbing 226% year on year to £282, according to the IDC Quarterly AR/VR Headset Tracker, published in May 2017.

End users (consumers and enterprises) are looking for devices that offer better specs (improved displays, faster processors, etc.), and an enhanced experience. Instead of putting the focus on launching products at lower price points, manufacturers should work on improving quality. The adoption of new technologies is mainly driven by early adopters, for whom price is not necessarily a barrier. Take the example of Samsung and HTC. The HTC Vive costs around £760 in the UK, while the latest Samsung Gear VR with controller is priced at around £120. In the first quarter of 2017, Samsung saw its sales dive 56% year on year. Its market share declined to 24% from 87% in 1Q16. On the other hand, HTC sales increased by 3,500% and its market share grew to 13% in 1Q17 from 1% a year ago. In theory, the Samsung headset could make VR accessible to the mass market, but in reality the experience offered by HTC is attracting early enthusiasts and enterprises that want to use VR as a media and sales tool.

Lower prices will drive adoption in the longer run, when everyone understands the value of VR and AR and has the need for it, but we are still far from the early majority stage in the adoption curve. IDC expects AR and VR headset ASPs to continue to grow in the next two years.

Interested in finding out more? Visit the IDC website