Liquid Vision Innovation are delighted to report that we have been awarded a grant from Innovate UK to conduct a human-centred design study to support our development of innovative sensor technology for the olive oil industry. Working with leading industrial designers at the Imagination Factory, this market validation study will help us identify key stakeholders in the olive oil industry and understand the human behaviours around olive oil testing during production. During the project, we will identify the features of a desirable and fit-for-purpose solution for the olive industry, which will guide Liquid Vision’s research, development, and commercialisation activities through 2019 and beyond.
Dr Cathy Rushworth Curran, LVI’s Commercial Director, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for Liquid Vision to strengthen our value proposition for the olive oil industry. This is our first experience of human-centred design and we plan to embed this approach in our developments across our range of target market segments to ensure that we achieve optimal product-market fit in each area.”
The European olive oil market is valued at €3 billion and olive oil continues to play a fascinating role in diet and health, with recent studies indicating that daily consumption of extra virgin olive oil as part of a Mediterranean diet can increase survival among older Europeans. Yet, extra virgin olive oil regularly tops the list of foods most at risk of fraud in the EU. EU regulations controlling the composition and characteristics of olive oil came into force in the UK in February 2014, but only require one conformity check per thousand tons of olive oil; in other words, only around 60 tests a year in the UK. Of these tested olive oils in the UK, a recent report found that 1 in 3 breached quality standards. With funding from Innovate UK and EU H2020 INCluSilver, Liquid Vision are developing sensor technology for real-time assessment of extra virgin olive oil quality, as a tool for improving quality for both producers and consumers.
This project has been funded under the Innovate UK Design foundations round 1 2018 sector competition and runs from January to March 2019.
Liquid Vision Innovation are delighted to report that they have been awarded a grant from Innovate UK to develop a portable sensor for water quality monitoring. Working in collaboration with British Geological Survey and Trace2o, our technology will address the need for direct and real-time analysis of drinking water quality. There is currently an urgent requirement for the development of a rapid method for the detection of faecal contamination in drinking water, which may be performed by non-specialists in urban and rural environments lacking services.
The project has been funded under the January 2018 sector competition: strand 2, emerging and enabling technologies and runs from September 2018 to August 2019. The project will culminate with on-site sensor trials at Portsmouth Water. You can read more about our project in our case study.
Liquid Vision are excited to have been awarded an Innovation Voucher from Brunel University. We will be working closely with Professor Wamadeva Balachandran to optimise the electronics circuitry for Liquid Vision’s sensor for olive oil analysis.
Jack O’Byrne, LVI’s Director, said “This is a great opportunity for Liquid Vision to access the know-how and prototyping facilities at Brunel. I graduated from Brunel in Mechanical Engineering, so it’s also great to be back on campus and see how many new developments have taken place since then!”.
This new collaboration will strengthen Liquid Vision’s research activities and provides scope for future development of new sensors with Brunel.
Liquid Vision are delighted to have been awarded a demonstration voucher from INCluSilver to further develop an optical sensor for real-time assessment of extra virgin olive oil quality, in collaboration with AVLAKI, an extra virgin olive oil producer. Recent studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet, including daily consumption of extra virgin olive oil, can increase survival among older Europeans. The project will stimulate the food industry to sustainably produce healthier and higher quality foods, with positive impacts on personalised nutrition, particularly for the silver population. The INCluSilver project is funded by the EU under H2020 to develop innovation in personalised nutrition for the elderly. You can read more about the INCluSilver project here.
Liquid Vision Innovation are delighted to have received an Ideas Innovation Voucher from INCluSilver to attend the first innovation training and networking event in Budapest. The INCluSilver project is funded by the EU under H2020 to develop innovation in personalised nutrition for the elderly. INCluSilver is responding to the Silver Economy’s needs by supporting collaboration between five sectors; namely, Agro-food, ICT, Health, Packaging, and Creative Industries. Of particular relevance to Liquid Vision Innovation’s aims, INCluSilver has a goal to stimulate the food industry to produce healthier, high-quality foods in a safe, sustainable, and affordable way by applying the concept of Industry 4.0.