PolyU-supported startup Blue Pin Consulting (HK) Limited led a research team to develop Dolphin, an Indoor Positioning System (IPS) that creats an extended network with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and smartphones via Cooperative Positioning algorithm. Blue Pin has set up Dolphin IPS at various exhibition facilities and indoor spaces.
Cooperative Positioning is a way to extend the IPS network and strengthen its signal where reception is poor. The idea is to send the positioning signal from a beacon to nearby smartphones, which in turn act as beacons themselves to spread the signals like a relay race. This way, the signals can go around barriers and remain strong and stable throughout the whole venue without any dead spots.
The team made Dolphin even more user-friendly by incorporating augmented reality in navigation – an arrow is superimposed over the actual scene to point the user in the right direction. Dolphin is also an invaluable source of data. Visitor behaviours and demographics can also be recorded anonymously and analysed for research purpose. Insights on visitor preferences can be derived from the routes they take and how much time they spend in certain shops or booths. Users can even locate their friends easily or call for help in case of emergency within the venue.
Background and Objectives
Modelled after the US National Science Foundation I-Corps programme, PolyU Lean LaunchPad Programme (the “Programme”) is a 10-week, evidence-based entrepreneurship development programme targeting the University’s researchers and research teams to search for potential market and application of their technologies.
With the guidance of industry advisors and mentors, the participating teams will conduct extensive market research with stakeholders to gain necessary business knowledge and real market insights, as well as to discover the ways to commercialize their research technologies through this experiential learning programme.
Programme Features and Benefits
First in Hong Kong
First-ever Lean Launchpad programme in Hong Kong targeting for university researchers and research students
10-week Evidence-based Entrepreneurship Development Programme
An experiential learning journey with the direct market insights in the commercial world to guide participating research teams to commercialize their research technologies
Industry Connection and Insights
Guidance and mentorship support from industry advisors, experienced mentors and entrepreneurs
Acceleration of Research to Market
Formulation and validation of commercialization pathway by using different analytical tool - Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas, etc.
Grant of HK$40,000 to each qualified participating team for their prototyping and other expenses throughout the Programme
Access to PolyU InnoHub Resources
Access to resources under PolyU InnoHub Hong Kong and Shenzhen (co-working space, startup consultation, etc.)
Opportunity for Overseas Exhibition
Further considered for showcasing the project in overseas exhibition such as International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva
Online Learning Mode via ZOOM
*There may be 2 tracks which one will be on every Monday evening and another one will be on every Tuesday evening.
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