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News Archive 2014
Wideblue and partners win SBRI Phase 2 competition for COPD medical device

Wideblue and partners win SBRI Phase 2 competition for COPD medical device

10 Decemeber 2014

Wideblue and its development parters have won a SBRI Healthcare development contract to fully develop a new medical device for the management of COPD.

This phase 2 contract follows the successful completion of the phase 1 feasibility contract where the technical, medical and economic benefits of the new device were proven.

Phase 2 of this contract will start in December, lasts 12 months and will see the product move from feasibility through full design, into small scale manufacturing, technical file preparation and clinical evaluation. Both phase 1 and phase 2 involved scrutiny and interview by a large panel including NHS, business, technical and regulatory experts.

Wideblue client Peek Vision launch Crowdfunding initiative on Indegogo

Wideblue client Peek Vision launch Crowdfunding initiative on Indegogo

5 Decemeber 2014

Wideblue client Peek Vision have recently launched a Crowdfunding initiative on Indegogo to secure next stage funding for their Peek Retina device.

The device combines both a traditional ophthalmoscope and a retinal camera in a mobile phone. It provides a portable, affordable and easy way to carry out comprehensive examinations in the field.

Peek are delighted to be working with Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and intend shipping the certified production device in October 2015.

Some recent press coverage: BBC and TED.

Find out more about Peek Vision here: Peek Vision.

Wideblue Starts SBRI Medicines Adherence Project

Wideblue Starts SBRI Medicines Adherence Project

31 October 2014

Wideblue have been chosen as the product development subcontractor in the recent SBRI Healthcare NHS England competition. The contract was awarded in October 2014 and seeks to develop an innovative new medical device aimed at improving medicines adherence.

The project is an SBRI phase 1 project and aims to show the technical feasibility of this innovative concept within six months. The SBRI competition challenge was to develop innovative products to get the right information to the right people at the right time, overcome physical, cultural, language and mental barriers, minimise errors and wastage in prescribing & dispensing, risk stratification in medicines adherence and eliminate risks at system interface.

Wideblue director Grant King presented Product Development workshop at St Andrews University

Wideblue director Grant King presented Product Development workshop at St Andrews University

1 August 2014

Wideblue director Grant King presented a workshop on Product Development in the Photonics Industry to the SPIE Student Chapter at St Andrews University.

Part of a two day event, the workshop was attended by a range of PhD students and focussed on the real world management challenges of developing imaging products in the digital marketplace.

Other photonics companies running workshops were Glasgow based M2 Lasers and Dunfermline based Optos.

Wideblue director in Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay

Wideblue director in Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay

17 July 2014

Wideblue director Russell Overend was selected to run a leg of the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay in his home village of Langbank on 17th July. Russell was selected for his good work project managing the creation of a new football field, organising the village gala days and for his work on the community council.

Russell said "It was a lovely day and we had a great turnout to cheer the baton through the village."

Wideblue visits potential Chinese manufacturers

Wideblue visits potential Chinese manufacturers

01 May 2014

Wideblue Director Russell Overend visited various companies in China looking for suitable partners for a number of specific projects. Although Wideblue already works with many Chinese companies this trip focussed on a range of tool makers, injection moulding companies, product assembly companies, optical component companies and optical assembly companies. The tour took Russell to suppliers in Hong Kong and Shenzhen in the south and to Hangzhou and Ningbo in Zhejiang Province.

Russell said “This was a good trip. We found many promising potential suppliers with good capabilities and equipment. May is a lovely time of year to visit China. It is always good to visit factories and meet the people you will be dealing with face to face.”

Wideblue now has access to an ever increasing range of component and final product manufacturers in the UK, Europe and the Far East.

Wideblue signs contracts with the IMPOSSIBLE film company

Wideblue signs contracts with the IMPOSSIBLE film company

01 April 2014

Wideblue have recently signed contracts with the IMPOSSIBLE film company to design two new instant film cameras for worldwide markets.

IMPOSSIBLE have been developing and selling a range of instant imaging films and refurbished Polaroid instant imaging cameras since 2008 when they set up in the old Polaroid Enschede film manufacturing plant in the Netherlands. IMPOSSIBLE estimate there are still 300,000,000 functioning Polaroid instant imaging cameras in existence and are currently supplying instant film from 2,000 outlets worldwide. Last year they launched their first hardware product the Instant Lab which is now selling worldwide through the Apple Retail Stores. Earlier this year IMPOSSIBLE signed contracts with Wideblue to create two new instant imaging cameras for launch in 2015. The two new cameras will be based on modern electronic platforms offering advanced features to keen analogue photographers.

Wideblue are delighted to be part of this inspirational project to recreate the magic of instant photography through the creation of two new analogue cameras for the digital age.

Some recent press coverage: Herald Scotland and The Independent.

Find out more about the IMPOSSIBLE Project here: IMPOSSIBLE.

Wideblue presents case study at the Encompass event

Wideblue presents case study at the Encompass event

04 March 2014

Wideblue Design and Development Director Grant King will be presenting a case study on product design in the real world at the Encompass event on 25th March at 200 St Vincent Street in Glasgow. The event entitled “ Developing a new product from concept to market “ will focus on how to turn a basic idea into a commercial business. Other presenters at the event are Bill Corr from Scottish Enterprise who will be talking about how to fund your idea and Simon Andrews from Strathclyde University who will talk about managing creativity and innovation.

Full details on how to register for the event can be found here: Encompass Scotland.

Wideblue anniversary

Wideblue moves to The West of Scotland Science Park

28 February 2014

After eight years in the Polaroid Building in Dumbarton, Wideblue have now moved to The West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow. Located in Block 7, Kelvin Campus, our design studio and laboratories are kitted out with excellent new facilities for optics and photonics, electronics and software, mechanical engineering and medical device development. Our neighbours are a broad variety of hi tech companies and University research departments all located in a modern campus environment.

Originally a 2006 management buyout from Polaroid Corporation, we have spent the last eight years strengthening our skills and broadening our experience. In that time we’ve accumulated over 100 person years of experience, creating an incredible range of product designs from synthetic biology assembly systems to underwater barnacle scrapers, all for a broad range of organisations ranging from Dragon’s Den winners to US and European multinationals.

After two days, three removal trucks and a two hour search for the box with the kettle the photo shows the Wideblue move team having a well earned rest with a piece of cake.

Wideblue Design and Development Director Grant King said “The new studio, the labs, and the surrounding area are an excellent fit with our business and are much nearer our customers. We are looking forward to the next 8 years in our new home”.

Wideblue moves to The West of Scotland Science Park

Wideblue client Calcivis granted a CE Mark in Europe

Wideblue client Calcivis granted a CE Mark in Europe

12 February 2014

Calcivis, a medical devices company focused on revolutionising the management of tooth decay, today announces that its Calcivis® Caries Activity Imaging System has been granted a CE Mark in Europe. A CE Mark is required before a medical device can be marketed in the EU and a number of other countries and signifies that the manufacturer meets the requirements of European legislation.

A series of advanced prototypes of the system were developed and manufactured in-house by the Wideblue team who also supported the CE mark and medical device approvals.

Read more in our case study, and on the Calcivis website.

Wideblue wins new TSB Photonics for Health Competition

Wideblue wins new TSB Photonics for Health Competition

17 January 2014

Wideblue is to lead a new collaborative Research and Development project to develop a fast, accurate and low cost medical respiratory rate monitor and capnometer based on solid state infra red optics.

Wideblue teamed up with Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) and Cambridge Respiratory Innovations Ltd (CRiL) to put together a winning bid in the recent Technology Strategy Board Photonics for Health competition.

The project is co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, Wideblue, GSS and CRiL.

The project will utilise Wideblue’s experience and strength in Optics, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering, Prototyping, Medical Device Development and Project Management.

For more details read the consortium's joint press release.

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