Daqri opens European HQ in Dublin

Gaia Dempsey, Daqri
Gaia Dempsey, Daqri

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19 June 2015 | 0

Augmented reality company Daqri is opening of its European headquarters on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin.

The venture is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The company will hire 30 positions for the new software and hardware development centre and will host a two-day Hackathon at DCU Innovation Campus on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June to activate the developer community around the Daqri Smart Helmet. The device has an industrial grade IMU, 360 degree field of view via multiple navigation cameras, and thermal imaging and is controlled via gaze tracking and voice recognition. It is currently in the pilot phase with customers in the fields of oil and gas, power and water, transportation, shipbuilding, and aerospace.

This weekend’s hackathon will give participants the opportunity to hear internationally recognised hardware and software experts and compete to build apps for the industrial use cases the Daqri Smart Helmet was made for.

Developers will have the unique opportunity to learn hands-on about the Smart Helmet’s sensors and development platform, as well as Daqri’s authoring tools, to build apps.

“Ireland is highly regarded as a country for excellence in innovation and technology making it the perfect location for our first international office, in Dublin,” said Gaia Dempsey, co-founder and managing director, Daqri International (pictured). “We are thrilled with the quality of technical expertise we have found here and have been working closely with the academic community, researchers and research centres to define innovative R&D programmes.

“Having strong interest from European customers in aerospace, energy, manufacturing and AEC sectors, including some based in Ireland, it made clear business sense to be based in Dublin. It also marks a milestone in our company’s growth and strengthens our ability to serve our European clients.”

Daqri is headquartered in Los Angeles with a R&D facility in Sunnyvale, California.

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