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South West's new state-of-the-art tech could help amputees

Motion capture technology was used to create the character of Gollum from actor Andy Serkis in the Lord of the Rings film series. Credit: NatureVideo

The University of Bath is developing a new £5 million motion capture studio, said to be the first of its kind available for commercial use in the South West.

The centre will be based at the University's Department of Computer Science, and will feature state-of-the-art imaging technology.

As Katie Rowlett reports, it's hoped once it's up and running it will be able to help elite athletes, including amputees.

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Go-ahead given for 90,000 panel solar farm

One of the company's smaller sites Credit: ITV
Tne solar panels will be installed in these fields Credit: ITV

The go-ahead has been given today for a 90,000 panel solar farm, planned on land owned by Dorset South MP Richard Drax at Mapperton. East Dorset District Council's planning committee deferred making a decision on 23 June because they said they needed to make a site visit. Seven councillors voted for the project and three against. There has been strong opposition from campaigners. The energy company is Wiltshire-based Good Energy. More shortly.


Concorde to get a roof over its head

Concorde making its final touch down at Filton - where it is to be housed permanently Credit: PA

Concorde is to get a permanent home. South Gloucestershire council has granted planning permission for an aerospace museum at the former Filton airfield, near where the iconic jet was made - and made its final touch down in 2003.

World War I hangars are to be refurbished to provide an indoor exhibition for the supersonic aircraft. They will also house the Bristol Aero Collection - the trust has been awarded a £4.7m Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the project.

Finding a permanent home for Concorde at its birthplace in Filton is fantastic news for the people of South Gloucestershire and for the iconic aircraft which will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Once up and running, the museum is set to become one of the most popular visitors’ attractions in the West, bringing many economic benefits to the region while celebrating the history of the aerospace industry past, present and future.

– Cllr Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council

New cyclist sensors for Bristol buses

Buses in Bristol are to be fitted with new technology to try to reduce the number of accidents involving cyclists.

The 'Cycle Eye' is a sensor and camera that tells the bus driver that a cyclist is nearby.

Bristol City Council is installing the devices which were tested last year on the Gloucester Road. The system has been designed and developed in the city by a Bristol-based company.

The sensors will alert the driver to cyclists they may not be able to see

Driverless cars trialled in South Gloucestershire and Bristol

Cars that are able to drive themselves are being tested in the West.

The trial is running in Bristol and South Gloucestershire with the aim to investigate whether driverless cars can reduce congestion and make roads safer.

The research will be carried out at the University of the West of England. This region is one of only 3 trials in the UK to be testing the technology.

We're looking to see what benefits there could be to society of introducing driverless vehicles, and we want to get peoples reactions, expectations, to see how they might use them and how it might affect their lives and how they choose to travel.

– Professor Graham Parkhurst, University of the West of England
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Police support Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day will launch on Tuesday February 10

Avon and Somerset police are supporting an international initiative to keep children safe online.

It comes as figures show that 38% of young people have been affected by cyber bullying.

Safer Internet Day will be launched tomorrow. It will promote positive ways to use technology, and raise awareness about issues like online bullying and privacy.

The event aims to explore how parents and children can help create a better and safer online community.

NSPCC advert "I saw your willy" warns parents about the dangers of social media

Cameron Holder from Bristol is warning children to be careful about posting pictures online Credit: ITV News

The NSPCC is advising parents in the South West to be more aware of what sites their children visit when they're online.

Today it began its Share Aware campaign to get families talking about socialising safely on the internet. Cameron Holder, who's 16 and from Bristol, says children need to be especially careful about posting pictures.

"As soon as it's up, you might not be able to take it back down, and somebody can screengrab it, they can do anything with it. Something that's so private, can become public at the press of a button. I think you need to make sure that you think before you send."

£4.7 million for new aerospace centre at Filton

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust has been awarded £4.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build a new aerospace centre at Filton Airfield. As well as being used as a museum, the centre will also provide a permanent home for Concorde 216 - the last plane of its kind to be assembled at the Filton site.

Concorde 216 arrives back at Filton after its last flight, 2003. Credit: PA
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