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November, 2020

The Good News #34

De La Soul said three is a magic number…but we’re not sure that applies to tiers… While we might not be able to go for a pint anytime soon, we can still enjoy some good news from the world of tech and innovation.


Bristol is making the news again for its achievements in the world of tech and innovation as Bristol-based immersive training company Virti has been included in TIME’s annual Best Inventions list.

The list aims to showcase products that are making the world “better, smarter, and even a little more fun.” It was put together through a combination of nominations from TIME’s editors and team of global correspondents, and an application process. Nominees were evaluated on a variety of factors including originality, effectiveness, ambition and impact. 100 inventions have been selected for the list, in 25 categories, ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Social Good.

Virti has been included in the Virtual and Augmented Reality category on TIME’s 2020 list. The company received the accolade thanks to its cutting-edge mixed reality training solution, which has helped hospitals, universities, schools and corporates weather the coronavirus pandemic. Underpinned by sophisticated virtual and augmented reality technology, the Virti platform facilitates remote learning that’s highly scalable and universally effective.

Virti’s solution is currently being deployed globally to help carry out vital training, including preparing medics in the States to perform complex surgeries, and tackling doctor shortages in Northern Ethiopia. At the peak of the COVID pandemic, Virti launched special modules to deliver essential skills training to doctors around the world – including how to ventilate a patient, safely use PPE and navigate an intensive care ward.

Black man using the Virti artificial experiential training virtual reality device

Pizza vending machine

Even more great news from our humble home city of Bristol – the UK’s first pizza vending machine has been installed in Bedminster.

Pizza Bella has installed the vending machine, which is able to serve pizza in three minutes, on the outside of its pizzeria. Customers can order a range of pizza, including vegan and gluten free options, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The owners say that the machine is the first of its kind in mainland UK, with the only other one being installed on the Isle of Man.

We’re withholding judgement until we taste a slice!

White woman and man using the UK's first pizza vending machine in Bedminster, South Bristol

If vending machine pizza doesn’t take your fancy, head over to our work page for a slice of our past projects instead.