The YGroup is a European enterprise dedicated to the creation of state-of-the-art innovative interactivity products and technologies. As a flagship company it holds shares in spin offs that are global references in augmented reality technologies, telepresence with marine robots and printed electronics.
YGroup was founded in Portugal in 2000 by professors and researchers in the fields of information technology, image processing, geographical information systems and environmental engineering, YGroup has become a leading company in the research and use of virtual reality technology, augmented reality, datamining and spotting trends in all these fields of expertise. Many of its top technology experts have experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a global reference in technology development. Inspired by the trends in ubiquitous computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and opportunities generated by the meeting of the physical and digital worlds, this dream team of experts has allowed the YGroup to redefine the concept of interactivity. The spin off companies in which the YGroup holds shares – YDreams Global , Ynvisible and Azorean – also research and develop proprietary/patented technologies in areas such as image processing, gesture-based interfaces, resulting in best of breed solutions that are integrated into projects and products, or license partners products and technologies.
Recognition of their achievements has generated highlights in international news coverage with important mentions in outlets such as Wired, Business Week, CNN, The Financial Brand and The Economist Technology Review, in addition to many stories that were broadcasted on TV programs of CNBC Europe, TVE, Euronews, Globo and France 24. Many awards have also been won such as the Dibner Award (2003); Gold Award for Environments, by the Industrial Design Society of America (2004), El Ojo Iberoamerica (2013); and acknowledgment as one of the top emerging European companies mentioned in CNBC Europe (2005); leading company in IAPMEI (2008); and the Auggies Award – considered the ‘Oscar’ for Augmented Reality (2010). In 2006, the founder and CEO of YGroup, António Câmara, was honoured with the Prêmio Pessoa, granted to Portuguese personalities in recognition of innovative achievements in the artistic, literary and scientific fields. Since 2000, over 900 successful projects have been delivered worldwide to clients such as Coca-Cola, Bradesco, Petrobras, Adidas, Vodafone, Nokia, Santander, TMN, Barclays, JCDecaux, among others.
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