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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots (by Sue Halpern)

Posted on January 18, 2022

On a cloudless morning last May, a pilot took off from the Niagara Falls International Airport, heading for restricted military airspace over Lake Ontario. The plane, which bore the insignia of the United States Air Force, was a repurposed Czechoslovak jet, an L-39 Albatros, purchased by a private defense contractor. The bay in front of […]

UCF downtown Orlando incubator and Starter Studio moving to new home (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 17, 2022

The University of Central Florida Business Program’s Downtown Innovation District and startup accelerator Starter Studio on Dec. 1 will move into a 3,579-square-foot space at 130 S. Orange Ave — the ground floor of the 85-year-old Kress Building. Downtown Orlando is the site of one of three innovation districts operated by UCF, each with a […]

Changes in the digital ad market offer opportunity for Orlando influencer startup Statusphere (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 17, 2022

Before 2020, it wasn’t uncommon for West Coast investors to stop founder Kristen Wiley mid-pitch when she mentioned her startup was based in Orlando. “They said, ‘I don’t want you to waste my time, because you’re in Florida,’” Wiley told Orlando Inno. However, that perception is changing quickly, Wiley added. The Sunshine State, Miami especially, in the past […]

Luminar CEO shares how his company’s growth sets up Orlando for future tech success (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 17, 2022

When Luminar Technologies Inc. put down roots in Orlando a decade ago, the company’s leadership was betting that a tech firm partially based in Central Florida could go “toe-to-toe” with companies built entirely in Silicon Valley, founder and CEO Austin Russell told Orlando Inno. So far, the autonomous vehicle sensor firm’s bet has paid off. Last year, the […]

Orlando mental wellness startup backed by NFL players to launch app and open training rooms (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 10, 2022

Nestre Health & Performance Inc. was founded in 2018, but it really started 22 years ago when head injuries forced founder Tommy Shavers to quit playing football at the University of Central Florida. Two decades later, Shavers and his startup are ready to go to market with a series of solutions meant to provide customized cognitive training […]

Startup Creates Next Generation 3D Models for Healthcare & Beyond (by Amanda Roche)

Posted on January 7, 2022

The D.A.S.H. Orlando team: Jack Stubbs, Fluvio Lobo, Jim Inziello, Tres Sims. So far, D.A.S.H. (which stands for digital anatomy simulations for healthcare) has created six fetal models for spina bifida using one of the most advanced Stratasys 3D printers. DA.S.H. has a special partnership with Stratasys to work on the latest advancements in medical […]

Nation’s youngest billionaire Austin Russell aims to ‘unleash the potential’ of Orlando with $70M donation (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 7, 2022

Five years ago, Austin Russell knocked on doors in Orlando to ask homeowners if he could buy their house. The CEO of Orlando-based Luminar Technologies Inc. wanted a home as close as possible to the autonomous vehicle sensor firm’s east Orlando facility. However, there were no available homes nearby, Russell told Orlando Inno. “I actually went door-to-door knocking, […]

Amazon Web Services funds to give Orlando Special Olympics groundbreaking tech capabilities (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 7, 2022

For the first time, the Special Olympics USA Games will offer an all-in-one fan engagement app for 125,000 spectators, powered by a serverless infrastructure designed by Orlando-based cloud computing solutions firm Solodev. This project got some recent help in the form of an Amazon Web Services Inc. Imagine Grant, an annual grant for nonprofits using […]

NAVY PALT

Posted on January 6, 2022

TIME Magazine – How Digital Twins Are Transforming Manufacturing, Medicine and More (by Andrew R. Chow)

Posted on January 5, 2022

A version of this article was published in TIME’s newsletter Into the Metaverse. Subscribe for a weekly guide to the future of the Internet. You can find past issues of the newsletter here. There are two versions of a BMW factory in the medieval town of Regensburg, Germany. One is a physical plant that cranks out hundreds of […]

Year in review: California AR startup’s expansion to Orlando topped 2021’s most-read tech stories (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 1, 2022

When California-based jet pilot training startup Red 6 Inc. in July announced its operations would take off for Florida, Orlando-area readers took notice. The news of the augmented-reality (AR) training firm’s plans to open an Orlando tech hub was the most popular story among readers in Orlando Inno‘s first year. Since launching in June, Orlando Inno‘s other most […]

2021 BIG DEALS Central Florida’s top innovation and growth transactions (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 23, 2021

On Sept. 27, the “Kraken” was unleashed in Central Florida. The once-secret initiative — previously known by the code name Project Kraken — of Terran Orbital Corp.’s plan to build a 660,000-square-foot satellite manufacturing facility at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport was unveiled by Gov. Ron DeSantis in September. Terran Orbital — headquartered in Boca Raton and Torino, Italy — […]

Aerospace firm Space Perspective seeks GC for manufacturing facility (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 20, 2021

Construction of an aerospace manufacturing complex that’ll create 240 jobs will take flight next year. Space Perspective Inc. in the next 24 months will build a 120,000-square-foot facility for the production of its luxury space travel balloons in Brevard County, the company announced Dec. 16. Meanwhile, Cape Canaveral-based Space Perspective’s move to the Space Coast […]

Orlando becomes testing ground for Luminar’s global manufacturing operations (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 16, 2021

For years, Luminar Technologies Inc.’s Palo Alto, California office was identified as its headquarters, but co-founder Jason Eichenholz says Luminar was always a Florida company. The biggest facility operated by the maker of lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles is in Orlando, where Luminar employs the majority of its 750 workers. In fact, Orlando is becoming an even […]

Lake Nona Sports & Health Tech Accelerator (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 15, 2021

The future of exercise and nutrition was on display at a Dec. 9 event in Lake Nona. Lead Sports hosted the second demo day for its Lake Nona Sports & Health Tech Accelerator since the accelerator launched in 2020. Five startups from around the world showcased their innovative wellness and sports technologies, and also shared […]

Construction begins on Orlando aviation firm Simcom’s Lake Nona HQ (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 13, 2021

Work on aviation training company Simcom International Corp.’s future Orlando headquarters is taking off. The firm hosted a Dec. 8 groundbreaking ceremony on its 90,000-square-foot global headquarters and training center in southeast Orlando’s Lake Nona master-planned community Redwood City, California-based DPR Construction Inc. is the project general contractor; the complex is slated to open on […]

Farm Tech – Sustainable fertilizer firm Anuvia targets international expansion, job growth in 2022 (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 9, 2021

Despite global economic turmoil, 2020 was a big year for farm tech investment, according to a 2021 report by AgFunder. The report estimated $7.9 billion invested in farm tech companies last year, up 41% from the year before. The year started off with a bang for Anuvia, as the company in February unveiled a $103 million […]

Orlando aerospace venture capital firm E2MC to roll out 2nd investment fund (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 7, 2021

An Orlando venture capital firm’s next aerospace-focused investment fund is ready for launch. E2MC LLC will “imminently” begin to invest into startups with money from its second investment fund, Managing Partner Raphael Roettgen told Orlando Inno. After a proof-of-concept fund that deployed money in companies from Barcelona to Cape Canaveral during the past two years, E2MC seeks more […]

Robot arms, virtual gun ranges and more on display at Orlando tech show I/ITSEC (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 5, 2021

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference came back to Orlando in a big way. More than 16,000 attendees registered for the trade show, held at the Orange County Convention Center from Nov. 29-Dec. 3. The convention, commonly known as I/ITSEC, features speaker panels, networking events and a job fair. However, the centerpiece is the […]

Treat virtual burns, fly through simulated skies and more at Orlando tech show I/ITSEC (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on December 3, 2021

Orlando’s simulation sector is all about creating virtual environments, but the companies that make up the $6 billion industry are ready to get back to an in-person convention. Firms from across Central Florida and the globe will show off the latest in modeling, simulation and training technology in Orlando on Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at the […]

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