The Blackwood Design Awards, a Dragons’ Den-style competition to recognise innovations and inventions that improve the lives of older and disabled people, has announced this year’s three winners.

The successful shortlisted inventors joined together to showcase their entries before the winners were announced at the V&A Dundee, Scotland’s design museum, the same location where they pitched to a panel of eight of the sector’s leading experts five weeks prior.

Creative Director Rob Madden presents award to Best Collaboration winner Charlie Wilson

Koalaa Soft Prosthetics, from London, was recognised as the winner of Best New Aid, Equipment or Accessible Technology for its comfortable and affordable prosthetics devices.

While Nick Fitzpatrick from Edinburgh picked up Best New Concept for his kettle redesign to help users independently and safely operate at home.

Charlie Wilson and the University of Strathclyde won Best Collaboration for the restructure of an electric plug to work on a push mechanism for removal instead of pull.

Fanchea Kelly, Blackwood’s chief executive, said: “The inventions created by all the shortlisted entrants are inspiring and it was tough for the judges to decide on the winners. Nate from Koalaa, Nick and Charlie are worthy winners, and it was great to host an event that gave all the entrants the opportunity to share their experiences in this showcase in the V&A.”

Sponsors of the design awards include Hyper Luminal Games and Social Telecoms whose generosity provided overall awards sponsorship and £2000 prize money for the two new-to-market inventions so that they can develop their designs further. Scotland-based Global Intellectual Property experts, Murgitroyd, are also supporting the winners and shortlisted candidates with advice and support on how to protect the rights of their inventions and the V&A Dundee has been a proud host and supporter of BDA 2022 too.

The full article can be read here.

Scotty Lodge speaks to PC Gamer about the challenges and misconceptions of working in QA

Our Development Manager, Scotty Lodge, took the time to speak with Luke Kemp from PC Gamer Magazine to shine a light on the QA process at Hyper Luminal.

Article feature from PC Gamer

The feature appears in the Feburary 2023 issue of PC Gamer Magazine, Issue 379. It can be found across pages 14-15. You can pick up the magazine from your local retailer and it is also available digitally.

We’ve been busy getting in the festive spirit at our recent Christmas Party!

We gathered (almost) our whole team together to celebrate, including making arrangements for many of our remote staff to join us here in Dundee! This year we’ve seen a lot of growth and we’re grateful to be able to celebrate our successes together.

As we close up the office for 2022 we look forward to continuing our goal of Making Games Better together in 2023. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone here at Hyper Luminal!

Hyper Luminal take part in the inaugural celebrations!

We had a great time taking part in the events of the first Scottish Games Week this year.

Barclay’s Eagle Labs hosted the Scottish Games Expo on the 24th of October 2022, inviting people from across the Scottish games community to come together and celebrate the Scottish gaming industry.

Alex, Melissa, and Aislinn representing Hyper Luminal at the Scottish Games Expo

Melissa Cocker, our Social Media and Community Coordinator, spoke with Barclays at the event on her experience at the event and the impact events like this will have on the Scottish games industry going forwards.

We also had the pleasure of attending the first Scottish Games Awards where our fantastic Lead UX/UI Designer, Searra Leishman (Dodds), was nominated in the Diversity Champion catagory. A wonderful evening was had by all celebrating the accomplishments of those around us in the industry that make it such an exceptional community to be a part of.

The team had a fantastic time celebrating the nomination of Searra at the Scottish Games Awards