Award-winning company Ultamation has developed a new augmented reality (AR) app which can be used to control home appliances.

The Liverpool Science Park-based firm said the app allows users to control their connected devices by simply pointing a smartphone or tablet at the device.

This triggers the presentation of options that control functions including power, volume, channel and contrast.

The app was developed with help from the LCR 4.0 business support programme.

The Virtual Engineering Centre worked with Ultamation to develop a working prototype of the solution and has also advised the business on how the product could be applied to the industrial sector.

The company is now testing the product based on real industrial use cases to understand how manufacturers could improve their productivity.

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Oliver Hall, managing director, said: "Initially, the idea was around augmented reality in residential control. However, the work we've done with the VEC through the LCR 4.0 programme has made us aware of wider market applications for this type of technology.

"What started as a pipe dream has turned into a piece of technology I can hold in my hand and control devices in a way previously only seen in science fiction films."

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the LCR 4.0 programme is being delivered in partnership by some of the region's key knowledge and scientific assets: the University of Liverpool (through its Virtual Engineering Centre), Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Liverpool John Moores University, the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Hartree Centre and Sensor City.