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Research Council’s Innovation Award goes to Zivid – developer and manufacturer of “robot eyes”

The Research Council of Norway’s Innovation Award for 2018 has been given to the technology company Zivid. Zivid pursues long-term research and has positioned itself to play an important role in Industry 4.0 development in Norway and internationally.

“Norway has a unique position and ability to play an important role in green, sustainable industry,” says Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, who presented the award. “Long-term investment in research and innovation has enabled Zivid to develop a 3D camera that opens up completely new paths in industry. We need more such companies in Norway. The Research Council’s Innovation Award is well deserved.”

Research Council Chief Executive John-Arne Røttingen said: “Zivid has developed an impressive product in its 3D camera that gives eyes to robots. It is a good example of how a long-term commitment to research and innovation boosts value creation and the establishment of new business ventures.”

Research Council Chief Executive John-Arne Røttingen, Henrik Schumann-Olsen and Minister of Trade and Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen. (Photo: Thomas Evensen)

Fast-growing company

Zivid AS was founded in 2015 by Henrik Schumann-Olsen and Øystein Skotheim. Both were then employed by the SINTEF research organisation. They observed a need in industry for robot “eyes”. For several years, they worked to develop a 3D camera and software to solve the challenge, enabling robots to “see” with extreme precision and carry out advanced operations. Research activities have been funded by the Research Council, Innovation Norway and SINTEF.

After a prototype generated strong international market interest in late 2014, Schumann-Olsen and Skotheim launched a company which now employs nearly 30 people.

“We already have customers from all over the world and recently established a sales office in the United States. It feels good knowing that the years we spent on research and development have yielded fruit and that we are now a company that’s growing strongly. We have had a lot of interest from people who want to work with us, and from potential domestic and international customers,” says Henrik Schumann-Olsen, who was greatly pleased by Zivid’s receipt of the Research Council’s Innovation Award.

Read more about the Zivid and its 3D camera at Zivid’s website.

Research Council’s Innovation Award

The Research Council’s Innovation Award comprises a cash prize of NOK 500,000 and is given each year to a business or public entity that has demonstrated an outstanding ability to apply research results to create research-based innovation.

Apply for funding for Innovation Projects 

All companies may now apply for funding from the Research Council to support Innovation Projects. The application deadline is 10 October. Companies may submit a project outline by August 29 if they wish to receive feedback on it before submitting a final application.

Read more about funding opportunities for Innovation Projects (in Norwegian).


Written by:
Maria Ekornes Myhre. Translation: Walter Gibbs/Carol B. Eckmann.
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