Hundreds enjoy technical transformation at LightNight

LCR 4.0 delivery partner, Sensor City, opened to the public last week as part of Liverpool’s much-loved arts and cultural festival, LightNight.

Over 400 visitors came through its doors to discover what goes on behind the building’s gold façade.

There was a wide range of technical exhibitions and demonstrations on show, curated by Sensor City’s in-house engineers, LCR 4.0 delivery team, university partners, SME community and local artists.

Key highlights included LCR 4.0 assisted SME, Chanua Health, and their ‘Exploring the Brain’ exhibition, which proved very popular with families and younger children who loved the gaming elements and hands-on interaction.

Other popular displays included the 3D printers and Virtual Reality systems, which allowed many visitors to try out this type of technology for the first time.

This cutting-edge equipment has previously been used by the LCR 4.0 delivery team at Sensor City to help Liverpool City Region SMEs explore the potential of Industry 4.0 technologies and accelerate their innovations from idea to prototype.

Visitors to Sensor City on LightNight were also able to find out more about the programme and speak directly with the LCR 4.0 engineers and wider delivery team based at Sensor City.

Joanne Phoenix, Business Development Manager at Sensor City said: “It was great to see the building so full and for people to see our cutting-edge technology in action.”

Three other innovative exhibitions at LightNight came courtesy of Sensor City’s University partners, namely LJMU e-Racing Team’s ‘Formula Student’ car, LJMU’s ‘Drones & Digiart’ “Virtual Anthropology Digiart Museum”, and the University of Liverpool’s ‘Robots of the Future’ demonstrations.

In addition to the physical equipment and technological facilities on show at Sensor City, the building was also used to house some more cultural and arts-based commissions for LightNight.

The B Collective, a new Liverpool theatre company set up by two Young Everyman and Playhouse Graduates, devised a theatrical piece signifying how technology has transformed our lives.

Ellie Hurt, co-founder of The B Collective said: “Opening Sensor City for LightNight encourages new audiences from all sectors to come together, enabling us to combine the arts and science with a multitude of interactive experiences.”

Other exhibitions within Sensor City on LightNight included Professor John Hyatt’s ‘Mothergrain’ videos, Laura Ortega Lacasa’s ‘Skull Models’ in both physical and digital forms and Julian Stock’s ‘Fields of Gold’ presentation.

Visitors were also able to enjoy a drink whilst admiring the illuminated Liverpool skyline from Sensor City’s panoramic roof terrace.

It is hoped that Sensor City will be involved in LightNight again next year, so watch this space!