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Universal patents new virtual-reality glasses for rides (Richard Bilbao)

Posted on November 24, 2022

Universal Parks & Resorts is looking into how to enhance virtual-reality headsets and improve immersion. The theme park company, which operates Universal Orlando Resort, filed a patent dubbed, “Front and Peripheral View Lens Area for Virtual Reality Headsets,” which describes a multi-lens headset. Why this matters: Patents provide a peek into what theme park designers and […]

Military VR company Havik picks Orlando for HQ, plans new jobs (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on November 23, 2022

When Glenn Banton was hired as chief operating officer of Havik Corp. earlier this year, he had two immediate recommendations for the virtual reality training firm. “We needed to find a headquarters, and it needed to be in Texas or Florida,” Banton told Orlando Inno. After three years as a dispersed company with no true base of operations, […]

Here’s how Space Florida will grow its portfolio to $10B (Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on November 17, 2022

  One hundred thousand satellite launches. Thousands of high-tech employers. A portfolio of aerospace projects $10 billion strong. That’s the picture Space Florida CEO and President Frank DiBello paints of the Sunshine State’s aerospace industry in 2030. As the state’s spaceport development agency, Space Florida negotiates with aerospace and aviation employers interested in bringing projects to Florida. […]

Luminar revenue surges amid production of SAIC’s self-driving cars (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on November 7, 2022

Luminar no longer is spinning its wheels in research and development, since its manufacturing is scaling into series production as its autonomous vehicle technology goes into cars entering the marketplace. Why this story matters: Orlando is Luminar’s headquarters and the heart of its hardware operations, and local work likely will grow as Luminar’s lidar laser technology […]

Luminar revenue surges amid production of SAIC’s self-driving cars (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on November 4, 2022

Luminar no longer is spinning its wheels in research and development, since its manufacturing is scaling into series production as its autonomous vehicle technology goes into cars entering the marketplace. Why this story matters: Orlando is Luminar’s headquarters and the heart of its hardware operations, and local work likely will grow as Luminar’s lidar laser technology […]

UCF and Universal Parks & Resorts design team launch ‘Creative Lab’ for future theme park creators (by Susan Lundine)

Posted on October 25, 2022

The University of Central Florida and Universal Creative — the team that designs, develops and delivers attractions, shows, hotels, restaurants and resorts worldwide for Universal Parks & Resorts — announced a new immersive learning experience for students in Orlando, the tourism capital of the world. Beginning next spring, the new UCF/Universal Creative Lab will provide students with special coursework […]

Meet 5 of Central Florida’s promising young entrepreneurs and techies (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on October 19, 2022

A few Central Florida entrepreneurs and technologists have built a process for turning ocean plastic into clothes, developed a multimillion-dollar video game and led teams at the nation’s fastest-growing startups — all before their 25th birthdays. These are examples of Orlando Inno‘s 2022 Inno Under 25 honorees. The annual feature honors five Central Florida innovators making waves […]

Orlando serial entrepreneurs reunite as top execs at computer vision startup (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on October 11, 2022

Sighthound offers artificial intelligence-based solutions that can identify vehicles, read license plates and remove personal information — such as faces — from videos. These computer vision products are possible because Sighthound trains computers by feeding millions of images, some annotated by humans, to algorithms that operates similar to a human brain, rewarding a computer when […]

Florida electric aviation startup VerdeGo Aero to hire after investments from Raytheon, Stetson alumni (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on September 9, 2022

VerdeGo Aero was founded to provide technologies to electrify both civilian and defense aircraft. The company’s hardware enables hybrid-electric aircraft by using both electric motors and sustainable liquid fuels, sometimes considered competing methods to making aircraft more sustainable. The company of roughly 20 people already has begun its search for the first five positions it wants […]

Florida sports tech firm plots expansion into security (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on August 25, 2022

In the days following the deadly May 24 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Kevin Davidson’s thoughts turned to the camera technology used by his sports firm — and how it could protect students like his 8-year-old son. The CEO of Orlando-based DS Sports Ventures called his partner and company president, Joe Sleiman, and told him the company […]

Florida education startup Meta Humans eyes HQ, expansion in Orlando (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on August 25, 2022

Class is nearly in session for a Central Florida education startup that lets children run a business, develop products and study cybersecurity. Meta Humans this fall will open its first science and tech-focused education center at 2175 Aloma Ave. in Winter Park. However, it’s just the start of Meta Humans’ plans, which include opening more […]

NASA’s Florida moon mission powered by dozens of local firms (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on August 24, 2022

The prime contractors for NASA’s Artemis mission and related programs are tech giants like Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. However, 3,800 suppliers across the U.S. also are working on the program. NASA’s Artemis program will put humans back on the moon for the first time since 1972.   http://NASA’s Florida moon […]

BREAKING: Orlando airport leader wants on-site K-12 school as part of 10-year plan

Posted on August 18, 2022

The Orlando International Airport leadership set big goals for its 10-year discussion — including the possibility of an on-site K-12 school. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the governing entity of the airport, went through a wishlist of wants for the airport over the next decade during its Aug. 17 meeting. Most of the requests were […]

Universal patent may let you add flair to Harry Potter wand spells (by Richard Bilbao)

Posted on August 9, 2022

Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter land is all about making guests feel as if they are wizards, and a new patent aims to help them do it with flair. The patent, “Variable Effects Activation in an Interactive Environment,” aims to allow an interactive environment activated via a device — such as a […]

Space Florida Eyes Playing Bigger Financial Role (by Jim Turner)

Posted on August 1, 2022

 Space Florida Eyes Playing Bigger Financial Role Jim Turner | News Service of Florida | 8/1/2022 Florida’s aerospace agency wants to expand its role from helping companies finance rocket and satellite projects to more directly getting money into the hands of firms seeking to move burgeoning technology to the launch pad. Space Florida President and CEO […]

NCS Announces 2022 Class for Modeling & Simulation Hall of Fame

Posted on June 17, 2022

NCS Announces 2022 Class for Modeling & Simulation Hall of Fame  The National Center for Simulation (NCS) announced it will induct two new members — Dr. Winston “Wink” Bennett and Dr. James (Jim) Wall — to the NCS Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Hall of Fame. The ceremony is Oct. 24, 2022, at the Orange County […]

Inside EA’s new downtown Orlando studio: 3 cool things at the gaming giant’s downtown campus (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on June 6, 2022

With a colorful mural and an animated video screen adorning the outside, Electronic Arts Inc.’s new downtown Orlando office stands out. Still, it’s no less impressive inside the 175,000-square-foot office and studio where EA (Nasdaq: EA) makes Madden NFL, NBA Live Mobile, EA’s returning college football game and other sports titles. https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2022/05/31/florida-orlando-ea-downtown-video-game-office.html?utm_source=st&utm_medium=en&utm_campaign=EC&utm_content=or&ana=e_or_EC&j=27944540&senddate=2022-06-04

Orlando ag tech company Kalera to build new growing facility near airport (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on June 2, 2022

An Orlando-based company’s newest high-tech, indoor vertical farm is in the works. Kalera Inc. seeks a conditional-use permit from the city of Orlando to allow for indoor lettuce growing in a warehouse at 6843 Conway Road, near Orlando International Airport. The company aims to convert 33,100 square feet inside the 101,000-square-foot warehouse into a vertical […]

Lake Nona Sports & Health Tech Fund targets up to 4 more startup investments this year (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on June 2, 2022

An Orlando-based fund that launched with the goal of raising and investing $30 million has a few more deals up its sleeve this year. The Lake Nona Sports & Health Tech Fund likely will invest in three or four more startups before the end of the year, Principal Thomas Rudy told Orlando Inno. That means a few companies, and […]

Orlando sets out to cement itself as the center of the metaverse (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on May 10, 2022

The masters of the metaverse are in Central Florida. That’s according to the Orlando Economic Partnership, which is spearheading an initiative to establish the region from Orlando to Miami as the “MetaCenter,” the national hub for technologies that power the metaverse. They include gaming, simulation, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Central Florida is moving to […]

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