Earlier in the month we told you about Virgin Media Business' search for digital innovation. Well now the 'Three New Things' have been found, chosen by the audience at the event last week. The entries were initially judged earlier in the month by a panel cosseting of Monty Munford, tech commentator, Dr Ling Ge, expert in quantum computer and nanotechnology, Ella Weston, head of WPP's Stream series of digital events, and Emily Memarzia, digital consultant for the IC tomorrow programme which is run by the Governments' Technology Strategy Board. Here is more about the 'Three New Things', all very different from each other, but all fantastic.
Three Over Seven - Finding shoes that fit just right can be pretty difficult for many people, so that's where Three Over Seven comes in. Using a mobile phone to scan your feet you can make a pair of shoes using 3D printing technology that fit perfectly. Just order them and the day after you'll receive your very own custom-fit shoes. While this tech has existed for a while this is the very first time it will be available to all.
Buffalo Grid - Buffalo Grid is providing large solar-powered charging units for mobile devices to African entrepreneurs who live in off-grid areas for free. This allow them to charge customers phones who haven't got the electricity at home to do so. This will allow potentially millions to be more connected in emerging markets.
CubeStat - Cubestat produces casings for satellites, tiny ones to be exact. They currently sell for $2,500 but an entrant has created a new space-resistant material that reduces the cost of production by a massive 75%. How? Well they can be 3D printed inside another structure already in space. Launch costs are low making space exploration much more affordable.
On the event and innovation Managing Director of Virgin Media Business, Peter Kelly, said,
When cutting edge technology meets imagination, the results can be spectacular. Reading these entries has been an inspiring process and has unearthed some genuine game-changers with the power to change lives around the world. As the UK gears up for growth again, this is exactly the kind of creativity and entrepreneurialism that we need to nurture in this country – from Government schemes to community networks: we all have a part to play in supporting UK innovation.
You can find out more about the event, projects and innovations by tweeting @vmbusiness with the hashtag #3NewThings. You can also head over to the official website for further information www.vmb3newthings.co.uk
This post has been sponsored by Virgin Media Business, but all thoughts are our own.