Scotland’s Invent Calendar

We're sharing a different Scottish innovation each day throughout December. Forget your advent calendar, welcome to our INvent calendar!

Scotland's long tradition of innovation remains as strong today as it has ever been! Sure, we invented the telephone. Yeah, we also invented the TV. The discovery of Penicillin? Yeah, that was us too, as was pioneering the use of antisepsis, to name just a few - but they were all AGES ago! So, you might be wondering, what has Scotland done for us lately? Well, join us as we follow Doctor Elsie on a journey through modern-day Scotland, where she comes face-to-face with some of the incredible innovations happening in Scotland right now!

Beringar/CENSIS

Beringar/CENSIS
Day

14

Website

beringar.co.uk

A revolutionary partnership between CENSIS and Beringar is helping change how hospitals manage their space using visual light sensors and Bluetooth technology. Their smart sensors can make buildings ‘talk’, with their system providing real-time measurements of usage patterns in a room. This includes everything from occupancy to temperature and even air quality, meaning they can provide insight for companies like the NHS, where it’s already being used to manage their buildings more efficiently and reduce spending.

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SmartCough

SmartCough
Day

13

Website

smartcough.com

The impressively innovative SmartCough team - made up of university students, a charity and a private sector business - have developed a prototype of a smartphone based cough detector. This device enables continuous cough monitoring in noisy environments with impressively low energy consumption. The system relies on advanced audio processing and machine learning algorithms and could have massive implications for health services around the globe, helping to reduce everything from wait times to costs.

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QuantIC

QuantIC
Day

12

Website

quantic.ac.uk

Researchers at QuantIC have developed ‘Wee-g’ – a new technology that can show changes in gravity. Wee-g is a compact, ultra-stable Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) based accelerometer which has sufficient sensitivity to measure the Earth’s tides and elastic deformations of our planet. The device is smaller and more stable than current technology and can be used to see underground. This has a huge range of applications including aiding early warning systems for volcanic eruptions and detecting potential sinkholes.

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Censis AALART

Censis AALART
Day

11

Website

censis.org.uk

The prospect of robots being able to identify and recognise humans has taken a step forward with the development of a new approach to thermal imaging. Censis brought together teams from Thales UK in Glasgow, and the University of the West of Scotland to completely change the way that thermal imaging works. Together they worked on an incredible piece of technology called AALART – a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence that can automatically detect and identify humans and different types of cars.

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snap40

snap40
Day

10

Website

snap40.com

Human life is precious, and snap40’s mission is to protect it globally through the application of artificial intelligence to real-time data. Through its all-in-one, wireless wearable device, snap40 continuously monitors the human body, offering a complete picture of human health and enabling the detection of patient deterioration and illnesses earlier for preventive healthcare. The company’s team of Ph.Ds, research scientists, healthcare executives and engineers are united by a common goal to save lives and improve healthcare delivery.

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SensorWorks

SensorWorks
Day

9

Website

sensorworks.com

Sensor-Works offer an innovative approach to providing new solutions and enhancements to existing products and techniques – moving businesses from the traditional to the transformational. Their range of self-powered, intelligent wireless sensors are completely changing how factories and plants manage their machines. Using the data provided by Sensor-Works’ pioneering technology, they can help prevent unexpected equipment breakdowns and more effectively schedule their maintenance activities. This not only improves the efficiency of operations, but also reduces costs and increases return on assets.

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UNESCO Scottish 10

UNESCO Scottish 10
Day

8

Website

The Scottish 10

An incredible project will see some of the world’s most famous heritage sites come to life in a whole new way. The Scottish Ten is an innovative project that's designed to create exceptionally accurate digital models of 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The 10 heritage sites will be made up of five from within Scotland itself, with the other five being international sites. Using cutting-edge laser scanning, this project allows us to better manage, conserve, interpret and research important historical sites for future generations.

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FreeAgent

FreeAgent
Day

7

Website

freeagent.com

FreeAgent are an innovative tech company founded in Scotland who provide cloud-based accounting software targeted and freelancers and small businesses. As they put it themselves, taking care of big problems for small businesses is what gets them up in the mornings. What started out as a way for the founders to solve their own bookkeeping woes, has turned into an accounting solution that helps over 70,000 freelancers, small businesses and their accountants take care of their finances today.

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Clyde Space

Clyde Space
Day

6

Website

clyde.space

Did you know that a remote location on the northern tip of Scotland is soon to be the home of Europe’s first small satellite spaceport? Not only that, Scotland also builds more small satellites than any other country in Europe. At the forefront of this are Scottish companies like Clyde Space, who are a world-leading innovator and producer of small satellite systems. Founded in 2005, they have produced and shipped more cube-satellites than anyone else in the world and have more than 100 years of combined industry experience.

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Carbon Dynamic

Carbon Dynamic
Day

5

Carbon Dynamic are fundamentally changing the construction industry! Their revolutionary off-site system means that they can fully construct and test highly insulated, pre-fabricated buildings in their factory. These can then be transported direct to construction sites where, on average, they can be assembled in a matter of hours – making it a stress-free process for everyone involved. Their revolutionary designs are also incredibly energy efficient, using on average less than 7% of the energy of an average home.

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Hydrason Solutions

Hydrason Solutions
Day

4

Website

hydrason.com

Hydrason are completely revolutionising the concept of sonar with their incredible new intelligent wideband sonar technology. Their product is an innovative system that provides a huge range of capabilities for underwater surveying. Not only does their system completely outstrip conventional sonar, it also provides fast, accurate information. The possibilities of this technology mean it can aid everything from the oil and gas sector, to renewable energies and even the detection of unexploded devices.

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Cuantec

Cuantec
Day

3

Website

cuantec.com

Imagine a world where you could take all that nasty waste from shellfish and turn it into something that’s useful - well, Cuantec are making this happen! This innovative team are simultaneously opening up the potential of the sea and helping eradicate the more than 8.8 million tonnes of plastic that end up in our oceans each year. Their revolutionary process transforms the waste from the fisheries industry into a flexible anti-microbial and compostable type of food packaging that will actually extend the shelf life of fresh food!

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Attis Fitness

Attis Fitness
Day

2

Attis Fitness is the next step in activity tracking technology. Developed at Stirling University’s Innovation Park, they specialise in producing wearable motion capture clothing. Where regular activity trackers can monitor heart rate and GPS, Attis take it to a whole other level. They monitor everything from stride length, cadence, bounce, pelvic rotation/drop, meaning anyone can achieve optimal performance. With an easy set-up that’s designed to work in all conditions Attis bridge the gap between elite athletes and everyone else.

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Skyscanner

Skyscanner
Day

1

Website

Skyscanner.net

When you talk about innovation in Scotland, there aren’t many bigger stories to tell than the meteoric rise of Skyscanner. Founded in 2004, this global travel search site has grown to become one of the leading names in the industry – not bad for a company founded because of a frustration over trying to book a ski holiday! The winner of countless international awards, today Skyscanner is available in more than 30 different languages and is used by a staggering 80 million people every month.

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