Future Space company to move on after success of robotic cameras used in nature programmes

Issue date: 14 February 2018

Mobile camera rig specialists Motion Impossible, whose equipment was recently used in the hit BBC One series Big Cats, are to move to bigger premises after successfully developing their next generation robotic dolly system.

Last year the company, which designs and builds mobile vehicles for film cameras and VR for major brands such as Universal Music and GoPro, moved its research and development branch to Bristol's tech and science innovation hub Future Space, based on the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol's Frenchay campus.

The move enabled Motion Impossible to drive forward the development of its next generation product, Agito. Launched last May, this robotic camera vehicle can make recordable moves on the ground, with interchangeable wheels for use on track or off-road and precise stabilisation for smooth shots.

Rob Drewett, founder and CEO of Motion Impossible, said: “It was great being able to set up a research team at Future Space for a year as it put us in contact with like-minded people and companies. It is attached to Bristol Robotics Laboratory which was vital since the major part of our work is robotics.

“It's an incubator so there's lots of good advice and consultants available and useful workshops and seminars on offer which are really helpful to anyone setting up and growing a company. Our research base at Future Space has helped us take the next steps as a business.”

With a main office in Iron Acton in South Gloucestershire, the company is now bringing its manufacturing, business admin and research and development teams under one roof in order to support further growth.

Elaine McKechnie, centre director at Future Space, said: “We're so pleased to see Motion Impossible taking the next steps as a business.

“One of the key aims of Future Space is to provide a flexible working environment, with great business support, to act as a stepping stone for fast growing young businesses and this is a great example.”

Motion Impossible's industry leading buggy camera was recently used to film alongside a sprinting cheetah in the BBC One series Big Cats. The robotic vehicle can accelerate from zero to 30 mph in just three seconds and captures 1000 frames per second.

Motion Impossible now sell their mobile camera technology in 20 countries, from Korea and Thailand to Mexico and the US.

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