Yearly Archives: 2011

Real Thing and RMIT win new ARC Linkage Grant

Real Thing and RMIT have been successful in winning another 3 years of funding for collaborative research into intelligent interactive toys. The project funded through this ARC Linkage Grant builds on the work under the previous grant, and contributes over $1 Million to the joint research efforts.

“The award of a second ARC grant in this field confirms that we are doing world-leading work”, said Nick Howden, Real Thing’s CEO, “We are very pleased to extend our relationship with Professor Lin Padgham and her team for another three years”.

Nick Howden Appointed as CEO

To lead the organisation in commercialising its ground breaking technology, Real Thing has appointed a full time CEO, Nick Howden. Real Thing has spent over three years developing a range of key technologies including dialogue management, sound and speech processing, and efficient matching algorithms, and is now ideally positioned to leverage these into commercial applications.

“Nick has been involved with this business since its inception, and we are very pleased to have his skills in this new role to drive our commercialisation efforts” said Silvio Salom, Real Thing Chairman.

Nick said that he is “very excited to be working with such a talented and successful team”, and is “looking forward to a releasing a range of innovative products based on Real Thing’s technological breakthroughs.”