Posted on Wednesday 29 October 2014 by Ulster Business

Entrepreneurial teachers come up with ipad device for the classroom

Pictured (left) is Olive Hill, Invest NI, with Sam Sinclair, Modern Efficient Design (MED Ltd). Picture: Michael Cooper

A Bangor company has developed a device to make life easier for teachers who use iPads in the classroom.

Modern Efficient Design (MED) was helped by Invest NI to develop Padvu, a system which allows teachers to use an iPad as a document camera or camcorder.

The company is run by teachers Sam Sinclair and John Titterington in 2012 who spotted a gap in the market and were keen to start up a technology business.

 “As teachers, we used an iPad extensively in the classroom but struggled to hold it steady over student work and experiments,” Mr Sinclair said. “So we set about finding a practical and cost-effective solution for us and other teachers.

“What Padvu does is to transform an iPad, now widely used in classrooms across Northern Ireland, into an overhead projector and convert it into a more effective teaching tool for sharing and celebrating exemplary student work.

The company received a range of assistance from Invest NI including design advice and an Innovation Voucher to enable a link up with the Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s University and to convert an initial concept into a commercial product that’s now being manufactured by Crossen Engineering in Ballygowan.

Mr Titterington, a Technology teacher, added: “Padvu is the outcome of two years of research and testing. Invest NI helped us to get from initial concept to commercial reality through expert advice, its network of experienced contacts and initial funding.

Olive Hill, Invest NI’s Director of Innovation and Technology Solutions said: “As part of our longstanding commitment to accelerate investment in innovation, companies, both large and small, new and established, are able to access a broad range of technical and practical support and also to tap into our expert network in areas such as protection of intellectual property, design and new product development,” 

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