Company History

The concept of an ‘interactive laser pointer’ that would work with any type of display came into being in 2003. The initial idea to measure the 3D position and orientation of a handheld wand, and to align that wand with the display by pointing to its corners, was to form the basis of the development of various prototypes. Soon after the initial idea had further matured a patent was applied for, and construction of the first prototype system began.

The first prototype relied on a so-called ‘magnetic active source tracking system’, with respect to which the wand was tracked in 3D. Although this proved the concept, it was soon realized that the magnetic source’s range was too limiting a factor.  The second prototype therefore relied on a compass/gyro combination, which removed this limitation. It was these early prototypes that were demonstrated in technology forums like the Rice Alliance Information Technology Venture Forum, and the Yankee Invention Exhibition.

The third prototype, which was to form the basis of Upoint as we now know it, combined the compass/gyro technology of the wand (‘Upoint’) with an ultrasonic positioning system placed near the display (‘PinPoints’).

A few years ago, after in-depth market research, a group of companies set up a collaborative program to turn the prototype into a commercial Upoint system, and submitted a funding proposal to Scottish Enterprise and several private investors. Within a few months the proposal met with success and development was started, resulting in what is still the world’s one and only direct-pointing presentation control system capable of operating with large screens.