Bristol VR Lab hosts its tenth “Afternoon Seminars” event between 1 -2:30pm on 17th October 2018. The theme for the session is “Sports & Immersive Tech”. BVRL will be inviting companies working in the surrounding fields along with VR and AR professionals from across the country and beyond.

This event will look at both challenges in and around the sports industry that immersive tech can help to solve, as well as taking a look the very latest advancements in 360° broadcasting. There will also be the chance to try out Focal Point‘s 360° livestreaming tech and the Virzoom VR exercise bike.


Dr Sarah Sauchelli, PhD.

Can we alter eating behaviour by manipulating physical activity enjoyment using Virtual Reality (VR)?

Dr. Sarah Sauchelli is a Research Associate at the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Nutrition Theme). After graduating in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol, she went to Spain to complete continue her training in psychotherapy (University Ramon Llull) and behaviour and cognition research methods (University of Barcelona).

Sarah’s PhD examined sleep and physical activity in extreme weight conditions (University of Barcelona). In her presentation, Sarah will describe her current research project that has utilized virtual reality to assess the independent effects of exercise enjoyment on food preferences and energy intake.

Jonathan Newth, Focal Point VR

Jonathan has more than 20 years’ experience building and running successful creative and technology businesses; as CEO he brought UK games developer Kuju onto the AIM market in 2002, and built the business internationally taking it to a successful trade sale.

Jonathan has been involved with VR for 30 years, initially with British Aerospace as a part of the avionics team working with the very early consumer VR technology building games and commercial training solutions. Jonathan founded Focal Point VR in 2015 when it became clear that consumer VR 2.0 was going to become a reality. With a team of talented and exceptionally capable co-founders from the games industry Focal Point aims to bring the experience they have of creating interactive experiences to non-games VR.

Bristol VR Lab is located on the first floor of the Leadworks building. The main entrance is via Bristol Aquarium and there is a push button doorbell on the left as you arrive. On entry to the lab there is a flight of stairs or a lift that may require support to use. Please let us know via email what access requirements you may have and we will be happy to assist you.