Associate Lecturer in Engineering Design and Innovation and Enterprise Lead at Edinburgh Napier University.
Norman co-founded Incorporated Technologies Limited (ITL). ITL developed many products for companies, from cervical smear scanning instruments to hand-held controllers for under water robotic cameras. Norman designed the ePoint kiosk, one of the first interactive Internet kiosks to be built with flat screen technology and in slim-line form at only 74mm deep. The company received substantial investment to develop the kiosk product and this became one of the main focuses of the business, with Virgin being a major customer. During his time at ITL, he designed two versions of the ‘BT Smartspace Workstations of the Future’ with colleague Ian Hynd, a future co-founder of Harris Hynd Limited. One workstation was the product highlighted at midnight during the London Millennium Dome celebrations for the year 2000.
Subsequently Norman went on to form Harris Hynd Limited, as Design & Product Development Director. While providing a design service designing a range of products, from audio information signage to animal tracking devices, both founders invented and patented exciting and unique Gel Audio™ loudspeaker technology. The company received substantial investment to develop this technology, changing its name to SFX Technologies Ltd in 2003. The unique technology was used in all the WoWee audio products and the speaker technology is in the Sony Museum.