Testbed was started by Rob Peart, a designer, art director and technologist experienced in creating innovative experiences for some of the world's biggest brands. Rob witnessed first-hand the struggles creative people face when they lack the knowledge or resources to take their ideas beyond the drawing-board (or Powerpoint deck)—brilliant ideas would be left by the wayside, and less-brilliant ideas would stumble through to production. He started Testbed to provide the facilities and expertise needed to quickly realise those ideas so that they can be tested, assessed and improved, hopefully allowing more extraordinary ideas to see the light of day.
We are a small core team based in the South-West UK and working internationally. We bring specialist expertise in-house when required, and are building an ever-evolving suite of rapid prototyping tools and skills. Tools will include 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC routing, metal working, wood working, vacuum forming and injection moulding, complemented with skills in user-testing and research, motion tracking, object recognition, machine learning, AR, WebVR, connected products and basic robotics.