First products shipped from the Innovation Centre at Bristol & Bath Science Park
Parts for a brand new musical instrument are the first products to have been shipped from Bristol & Bath Science Park’s Innovation Centre.
Cubik Innovation, which moved onto the Park in September 2012, is a start-up company which helps entrepreneurs, inventors and other small businesses develop electronic products.
It has helped with the design and manufacture of electronic boards for another Bristol-based company, Nu Desine, which will form the heart of Nu Desine’s innovative Alphashere product, a spherical musical instrument designed for electronic music, which has 48 pressure sensitive pads that can be tapped or pressed to manipulate sound.
Paul Mullen is the founder of Cubik Innovation, with 20 years of experience in electronic design, and said:
“We are really proud to be the first company to make and ship the first product from the Innovation Centre at the Park. Our purpose is to work with ideas and turn them into reality. We work with companies who have ideas for products and we design and make them here. We can carry out prototyping and batch production on site.”
The Alphasphere acts as a musical instrument and controller which can be used with a computer or synthesiser. The Sphere can be loaded with the user’s own sounds or can be connected to an existing digital audio workstation using its intuitive software.
Richard de Lancey of Nu Desine, which is based at the Pervasive Media Studio in The Watershed, Bristol said:
“Cubik has been an incredible help to us in getting over the final hurdle of electromagnet compliance testing and producing the first parts to go to market. After two and a half years of development we are very excited to finally release the AlphaSphere onto the world, and are really looking forward to hearing the music that is created with it.”
Cubik is also working on FlowChecker, a device to assist with legionella control, and Akaritec who are in the process of delivering the compact emergency breather which is a personal filter device that prevents the user from inhaling harmful smoke particles produced by fire in the home, business or mass transit terminal and underground systems.
The Park opened in September 2011 and now has 40 companies on site and 400 people working there.
Bonnie Dean, who is chief executive of the Park, said:
“The Innovation Centre is the right place for businesses to accelerate their growth and it has proved to be an ideal platform for Cubik, enabling them to carry out design and manufacture of products on site.
“This is an excellent example of business collaboration, where two businesses have worked closely together to bring innovation to the market.”