Technology Radar

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Our mission is to be the leading agency for world-class digital and immersive learning tech.

The Brightwave Technology Radar is our unique framework for navigating the evolution of learning tech. It reflects the opinionated and sometimes idiosyncratic views of our team members, based on their extensive experience in the sector.

The Radar includes up and coming learning technology products, updates to existing products with innovative new differentiators, and products from other sectors that could be applied in a learning context. It’s organised under four broad categories most relevant what we do as a business.

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Learning Delivery


1. In Context

This solution is very specific in its use: an off-the-shelf VR system for use in retail environments, allowing retailers to redesign their stores and shelves without having to do it in real life. It uses a mix of behavioral and attitudinal data to deliver the story of why a behavior is changing in-store. Obviously it's not directly applicable to the L&D world BUT we love how they are using VR in the context of behavioural change which is VERY relevant to our world, so we're keeping this one firmly on the watch list.
2. Rehearsal

A tool to help teams practice, coach and collaborate using Anders Ericsson's Deliberate Practice methodology. To practice, a user records a role-play video in response to a scenario (screen capture, webcam or both). To coach, the user submits video online to a coach, who can respond and grade it. And to collaborate, a leaderboard displays the most outstanding videos as best practice examples, which users can 'like' to raise them up the rankings. LMS integration is available.
3. Spongy Elephant

A micro-learning platform aimed specifically at teachers and the education sector (not the students themselves). It uses a selection of learning trunks (pathways) to help teachers in all areas of their work - whether that is techniques or teaching tools. They both buy in content and develop it themselves with pathways split in to Get Going, Get Better, Get ahead.


4. 3D Vista

A cross platform/hardware 360 interactive video product. It is a self service platform where you can upload your 360 video and add widgets and content, comes in both a Standard version and Pro version with extended features.
5. CenarioVR

A cross platform/hardware 360 interactive video product comprising a self service platform where you can upload your 360 video and add widgets and content, share in a number of formats including LMS, apps and headsets, and track detailed usage using xAPI statements. A much more elearning focus than some of the other more general 360 tools.
6. Enboarder

A platform that focuses on delivering a personal learning journey for new starters (involving texts, emails, training, phone calls, etc.). A lot of LMSes fail in this area so this is something that is probably complementary to your existing learning systems.s such. Great client list. There is probably a lot of cool stuff they do which we could try to understand to be inspired by/emulate/partner with for integrations. Use outside of onboarding too?
7. GetAbstract

A 'compressed knowledge' tool that contains key insights from many thousands of non-fiction books in 10 minutes or less. This is designed to complement your LMS with additional resources so is akin to content libraries or curated content services.
8. Kialo

An interesting platform that encourages focussed debate and discussion,.enabling you to visualise discussions as an interactive tree of for and against arguments. It also allows you to switch perspective to see how people on the other side of the debate see things. When you create a discussion you have the choice of making it private or public and you can then invite users to it. Using the LTI integration you could also house these as activities in your LMS, if it supports the LTI standard.
9. Meta Capability

A digital learning platform that is geared towards professional membership body CPD programmes. It is a relatively new product that is developing quickly, and a great example of a learning system tailored to a specific vertical market and starting to build some great profile in its space.
10. Mimeo Digital

Mimeo are a knowledge transfer company offering print, digital and blended solutions. Their Mimeo Digital product is a secure digital content distribution solution for learning programmes, with built-in IP protection to prevent downloads and screenshots. It's a very niche product that is useful for where content IP protection is a concern.
11. Omnivirt

A cross platform/hardware 360 interactive video product, focussed on the advertising and publishing sectors. Their self service platform allows you to upload your 360 video and add widgets and content then embed/share the content and view usage analytics.
12. SeenIt

This is a user-generated video content app for aggregating and publishing video content created by your organisation's internal experts. It would be useful on projects where you want to be able to film, moderate and then publish a large volume of user-generated video content.
13. SineSpace

A social VR product built on the principle of easier development of environments. This is a VR plug in built on top of Unity which allows organisations to build their own virtual worlds, enabling early Adopters to explore complex interactions and real-time delivery of seminars and training. They have made real advances in limiting the computer power needed to manage uunoccupied areas of the virtual world thus allowing better latency (which irriates users in other worlds). In our view the application in the medium term is more toward gaming than learning, unless you have the budget and drivers needed to justify the investment of time to develop a world. But definitely one to watch closely.
14. Sinewave

A multi-user simulation game that can be made public or run privately for individual organisations. This can be used for immersive training opportunities that require interaction with end customers or collaboration with other people - for example online training events.
15. Tokbox

An online virtual classroom / collaboration tool that allows you to communicate with others via video, call and chat. You can share files, screenshare and also set up virtual classrooms and online seminars. Obviously there are a number of tools in this area that offer a similar product e.g. Microsoft Team/Skype, Slack, GoTo Meeting, Zoom,
16. Traintool

This allows learners to upload video they shoot of themselves whilst responding to role plays. They can then seek feedback from peers either within the tool or via email. Supports learning by doing in that you get multiple opportunities to improve, which could be used within soft skills courses to allow learners to practice responses.

A cross platform/hardware 360 interactive video product. A self service platform where you can upload your 360 video, add widgets and content, publish to multiple devices, LMS and headsets, and view usage analytics. Focussed on the learning sector specifically.
18. Viar360

A cross platform/hardware 360 interactive video product. A self service platform where you can upload your 360 video, add widgets and content, integrate the content into apps, CMS and LMS systems with various deployment options. Focussed on the learning and training sector specifically.

A mixed reality interface developed by Future Visual which allows users to collaborate in VR environments in realtime, allowing content to be accessed simultaneously through mobile and tablet, integrating AR features and strong reporting.
20. Wondavr

A cross platform/hardware 360 interactive video product. A self service platform where you can upload your 360 video, add widgets and content using a range of authoring options, and publish via a number of options such as embedding, LMS, cloud video apps and more.


21. Anders Pink

A content curation tool that allows you to set up custom 'briefings' or content streams which automatically update and deliver curated articles from approved sources, based on specific filters around a topic. A useful tool for L&D teams who need regular targeted content.
22. Blue Jeans

A web conferencing alternative to WebEx and GoTo with an emphasis on speed to join meetings and simplicity of use. It has a nice user interface and integrations with Facebook Live and Workspace as well as great audio features and interesting links to metrics. If your LMS doesn't do web conferencing, this is a good candidate to complement it.
23. Hive Learning

A Learning Experience Platform (LXP) with curated web content and AI-based recommendations that can be used as a front-end for your existing LMS. It also has an authoring solution built-in, so users can build engaging cards and topics from digital media such as photos, videos, text, documents, links, podcasts, quizzes and polls.
24. Inxpo

An enterprise video portal for live and on-demand communications. It allows interactivity through polls, chat, handouts and social walls, and is mobile accessible. This could be worth considering where you need a virtual classroom as part of a blended learning programme but don't already have your own virtual classroom tech in-house, such as Adobe Connect.
25. Thrive

Thrive works through promoting micro experiences for one-time interactions either by text or email, focussed on a single topic. Helps promote continuous micro learning. They are more based around push information rather than delivering when someone needs it.
26. Thrive Partners

On demand coaching/mentoring tool allowing you to choose the person you want to be coached by, book a 30min session up to a week in advance and have the session via phone, video or chat. They also offer anonymised data from these session to report back to the business the key issues/trends that are being supported.
27. Vidrovr

They claim to have developed an automated way to analyse video and output metadata that drives efficient video searching, which could help learning and development organisations automatically index video at scale and provide the ability to easily search it, enabling users to find the right content and increase content utilization.
28. Workplace by Facebook

Organisations often want learning to be accessed in the same way that people access information at home. This is a social platform for work, for delivering social, collaborative and campaign-based learning solutions. Familiar, secure, and delivers video well. Essentially, one to many information flow; and many to many feedback.
29. Wranx

A spaced learning/Assessment tool that integrates with LMSs or intranets and has multi language capability. There are a number of spaced learning tools in the market and they are powerful ways to build on prior learning. The devil is in the detail of the actual application to your circumstances.


30. Arlo

A system for promoting, selling and delivering online training events. Many LMSes are weak in this area, and Arlo is a good way to complement an existing LMS to better support event management needs where appropriate.
Content Creation


31. HiHaHo

A tool to create interactive videos and publish them as SCORM or xAPI packages. In quite a crowded part of the market we think there are other tools delivering better quality visuals though.
32. Knovio

A cloud-based tool for presenting video and PowerPoint presentations side by side with embedded quizzes and tracking. It supports bookmarking to allow the viewer to jump to certain sections of the video. It tracks everything the learner does and displays all of this data in a useful dashboard. It has good potential but feels quite basic at the moment, and we have reservations from an instructional design angle about asking learners to perform too many tasks at once, but worth keeping an eye on.
33. Twine

A tool for designers to draft and scope branching scenarios, allowing you to script "choose your own adventure" type games and scenarios easily. There are other more visually driven platforms that perform this, such as Thinglink and Taggis, for the final versions but we feel this is a good tool to use early in the production process.


34. ARIS

An Augmented Reality / Mixed Reality tool to create mobile games, tours and interactive stories that could be very useful for immersive learning within retail stores and other physical environments. Players experience a hybrid world of virtual characters and media in physical space and can complete quests, collect items and talk to virtual characters, while exploring the physical world around them.
35. Branchtrack

Branchtrack is for building scenario-based training without any design or technical skills, e.g. realistic sales scenarios and roleplay simulation online. This can be used with Lectora, Storyline, Captivate and most other e-learning software. We don't feel it offers a high-end, engaging experience but for producing large numbers of branching scenarios cost-effectively it has great promise.
36. Easelly

Easelly is a simple infographic maker that lets you visualize any kind of information. While it may not give particularly rich, high-end output, we feel it has good potential on large, fast moving projects where you need to produce a high volume of infographics and simple illustrations quickly.
37. Easygenerator

An all-in-one solution for creating courses in the cloud. It requires no coding, no installation and is fully responsive. It does not offer the flexibility that comes with the more familiar authoring tool big guns but it looks like a robust and structured way of building straightforward courses.
38. H5P

A free tool for creating interactive HTML5 content assets that can reused across any H5P compliant sites. It supports xAPI tracking but not SCORM. It's primarily aimed at the WordPress, Drupal or Moodle communities so if you're in that world then you're in luck.
39. Infogram

A tool to quickly create infographics and dashboard reports with free templates. It's easy to align, crop, mask images and add animation to the elements on screen and you can add media too from YouTube, Vimeo etc. The paid version then includes analytics tools.
40. MoTrain

A corporate gamification platform specifically aimed at Moodle and Totara. Learners earn coins for completing training which can then be used to 'buy' items, whether that is days off, activities or charity donations. It also offers leaderboard capability. Gamification isn't for everyone, but if you use either of these learning platforms then it's worth a look.
41. Powtoon

An online tool that allows users to create animation videos from a set of predetermined templates. It is easy to use and creates smart looking videos where a fairly simple video experience is required.
42. Shorthand

Web page development based on storytelling tool designed to work across all modern browsers & devices. Multiple publishing routes and sold as a responsive design solution.
43. Taggis

A cloud-based authoring platform enabling you to create interactive training environments using 360-degree panoramic images and stills, without any prior programming skills. The interface is quite basic but it is SCORM compliant.
44. Tell Us

A HTML5 interactive video tool that allows you to import a video and add questions, branching, etc then embed in your site. It has some good analytics on video usage and interaction.
45. Thinglink

A cloud-based authoring tool with interactive images, videos, and 360° media. You can use ThingLink editor to enhance images & videos with additional information and links and then share through LMS or website or direct links.
46. Wildfire

An AI-based elearning creation tool supported by an e-learning production service. The product is both the service and the tool; the tool cannot be licensed separately. The tool generates e-learning content, in real time, from fairly small content source files such as short documents, powerpoints and videos, using semantic analysis methods to identify keywords and use these to both generate open input questions to improve knowledge retention and link out to related wikipedia articles. Content may need cleaning up for best results prior to being ingested by the AI tool and the resulting output may need finessing manually, so the tool must be viewed as part of a wider, manual production process.


47. genially

A tool for creating visual stories and communication experiences - presentations, infographics, dossiers, video presentations, quizzes and more. It looks great for making a unified set of resources across a range of formats for a 'Resources not Courses' approach to digital learning.
48. IsEazy

A cloud based elearning authoring tool. The animation of elements on screen looks slick and there are some really nice interactions available including interactive games, embedded YouTube 360 videos, a 'hotspot within a hotspot' tool and the option to put filters on images. All in all, some nice feature differentiators from the other low-cost cloud authoring tools and worth a closer look.
49. Knowbly

A cloud-based elearning authoring tool that packages up learning components as 'widgets' and makes them available as SCORM, LTI, web components, iFrames or Zips. With centralised assets, content can be updated at any time without republishing to the target systems.
50. Moovly

An online tool that allows people to create their own training videos without the need for any software or training. It comes with a bank of images and stock photography you can use and claims to be used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500. It has great value for the production of quick video tutorials or other simple video content. It could also be used to complement your LMS by allowing learners to create their own user generated content to share what they know with others.
51. Piktochart

An online design app that allows users to create infographics, presentations, reports, flyers and posters online without needing too much design skills, working from preset templates.
52. StoryTagger

This is a guided video storytelling app for creating and sharing user-generated video content, which has obviously video content has become (once again) a major format in learning and development The guided production of user generated video is proven to be powerful and flexible and the content can be published in branded templates. The price plans are attractive and it's a cloud based solution.
53. Velsoft

This converts electronic documents to interactive eLearning, automatically in seconds, significantly reducing the cost of developing elearning. There are a few tools arriving on the market in this segment, such as Wildfire.
54. Vyond

Previously called GoAnimate, Vyond is an interactive, animated video production tool with built-in characters and animations, scenario templates, drag and drop controls, charts and transitions. Useful for low-cost, templated scenario-based learning and mico-learning video resources that don't require high-end bespoke creations. Cloud based with plans for individuals, teams and enterprise.


55. Dominknow Flow

A responsive, cloud based, authoring tool that supports actions and triggers. It uses columns and rows to organise screen content into different screen sizes, while actions and custom variables make it powerful for building bespoke interactions and features which is rare among responsive authoring tools. We use this at Brightwave regularly and it has some unique features and certain definite advantages over other authoring tools on the market.
56. Evolve

Evolve is an intuitive tool for quickly building powerful, responsive, HTML5 eLearning content. Its rich set of features gives you total control of every aspect of course creation and presentation and it allows you to publish courses for SCORM 1.2 / 2004, xAPI, Offline, Web, and more. At brightwave we've used it successfully on our first client projects this year, and clients like it becuase it allows them to make later amends and re-skins easily. It's affordable and highly recommended by scriptwriters and builders for its usability, live preview and responsive support team.
57. Lectora Online

This is a well established product so would not have been eligible for inclusion in the radar but for the delivery of a major new product iteration that allows the builder to position screen elements manually rather than being positioned by columns and rows. As responsive authoring tools go, this offers some of the best opportunites for bespoke interactions and functionality due to it's actions and custom variables.
Intelligent Systems


58. AMI ai

A conversational AI agent intended to be embedded on a website to help qualify leads and increase sales. It is pitched as a 'digital receptionist' and has a number of use cases, including use as a call centre agent to prioritise incoming conversations but has potential for use within a learning systems context.
59. Bibblio

A content recommendation tool that uses artificial intelligence to find and deliver content to learners, and can be embedded into an existing website or LMS. It has flexibility around design and placement of the recommendations, and keeps users on the existing system by referencing the content already on the target site rather than curating external content.
60. Botpress

An enterprise-grade, open-source bot framework for developing, deploying, managing and scaling conversational agents. Cloud or on-premise versions are available and it includes some nice features such as multiple natural language processing (NLP) plugins, and a human-in-the-loop feature, and the nifty ability to extend it with your own plugins. With 70 contributors and regular releases, the open source community looks to be well established.
61. Clustaar

A conversational agent geared towards various sectors including workplace processes such as onboarding and FAQs. It can build on staff knowledge from multiple existing data sources and includes a visual story builder.
62. Drift

A chatbot tool specifically built for sales and marketing solutions rather than free-form bot building but with a very cool interface for building bot responses and it it's one of a number of chatbot tools that we feel has excellent potential for use within a learning context.
63. Flow

A way to design and deploy conversational apps with a drag and drop interface. Bots can direct to video content and rich media. It sits in a similar space to Hutoma, Helloumi and Myra but with a drag and drop interface it looks like one of the more user-friendly and flexible bot-builders.
64. Helloumi

A chatbot and conversational solution that is more mobile-focused than many. The company is an early-stage startup and this could be a simple, cost effective entry point into this market for many.
65. Hutoma

A conversational AI platform for internal knowledge management which could also be used as a 'coach' or 'expert' bot in learning solutions. It uses deep learning to leverage company info from documents and create custom made conversational AI interactions. It is also targetted at customer Q&A by using a bot to answer their questions quickly and see what they are asking about.
66. Myra Labs

An AI based assistant comprising a semantic question and answer engine that is designed for automating customer support requests. fairly similar to Hutoma, Helloumi and LUIS but will allow the possibility for more complex interactions.
67. PullString

Software for creating voice enabled applications, for example to support sales staff who are driving and need to find information at the same time. They have focused in the past on implementing AI for creative industries, helping entertainment and technology companies create conversations with digital and physical characters, and seem to now be offering more pure-play voice apps.
68. Storyline

This is NOT the e-learning authoring tool, it's actually a tool for creating Amazon Alexa 'Skills' with a visual drag-n-drop interface and no programming expertise. While the actual app within Alexa looks limited, Alexa is the voice interface with the most traction on the market which makes it an interesting tool to experiment with for learning and development.


69. Dialogflow

A Google agent interface, able to work with Assistant, but be integrated across a range of other platforms. Runs off Google's advanced NLP and is designed as an agent for customer service interactions primarily. As a Google product it has plenty of tie-in with Analytics and the rest of the Google suite.
70. GlobalFiltered

Previously called Magpie, this chatbot / machine learning personalisation tool helps learners quickly get to content tailored specifically to their profile. A good way of signposting a range of curated third party content.
71. LIUS

Another tool in the chatbot space, LUIS is Microsoft's natural languiage processing (NLP) tool for their bot development framework. At Brightwave we have made good use of the Microsoft QnA bot which already uses NLP, but if you wanted to go a step further and build your own bot in Microsoft Azure, then the LUIS service would give you the NLP capability.
72. Mobile Coach

The Mobile Coach platform is designed for enterprises to create programmatic chatbots that are designed to reach out and initiate conversations in order to influence the right behaviors. THis has great potential in the knowledge retention space, much of which is currently email based.
73. Obie

Obie is an AI platform that consolidates multiple sources of knowledge and documentation into a single knowledge base. It can beused to power bot interfaces within products such as Slack, and potentially your existing learning systems for surfacing learning content.
74. Pandorabots

A chatbot development platform based on open standards and supported by paid services. It's very easy to start coding with this tool and there are some easy to follow tutorials. It doesn't include any NLP, you have to code it to understand what has been written and to place it within some context, so it's on the more complex end of the chatbot scale.



This allows you to create a bot and design the flow of responses that it gives. It is primarily designed for providing info to users and capturing their details for lead generation but at Brightwave we have applied Landbot in a learning context very successfully. it is particularly useful for creating chatbot proof of concepts as it requires no programming and is all built through flow charts and options.. It will allow you to design branching pathways that look for keywords in the user's responses and use them to determine the route.
76. QnA Maker

A chatbot creation tool that enables you to easily create a question and answer style chatbot, accessed through a instant messaging channels like Skype or a webchat panel in a webpage from where the chatbot can access a database of subject knowledge and allow the user to search it using natural language text. As an entry-level tool this requires no programming expertise.
Measurement and Engagement

77. Acrobatiq

An adaptive learning system that uses predictive analytics alongside adaptive authoring and delivery tools to deliver a personalised learning experience to students. Backed by Carnegie Mellon University and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this can complement rather than replace your existng LMS.
78. Comprobo

A high stakes, online Assessment tool with biometric identify verification, attention monitoring technology, browser tab locking, cheat detection and LMS integration. A great way to add Assessment and compliance feature-sets to your LMS, especially high-stakes Assessment.
79. Credspark

An interactive Assessment platform enabling learning companies, marketers and media firms to ask questions of their learners and readers, in order to generate insights and catalyze action. Another tool that could complement your LMS if it doesn't offer this functionality already.
80. Observic

This is used for Assessment of video-based evidence for where the learner is performing manual tasks. A very useful tool for organisations doing vocational qualifications and apprenticeships.
81. Reach

Reach is an app for the xAPI Learning Locker product that uses statements to trigger follow on actions, deliver personalized feedback and automate workflows. It builds on the Learning Locker API to provide an additional layer of service putting your learning data to work. This is a platform that responds to xAPI data and sends out nudges, or books users on courses, or schedules 1-2-1s with managers.
82. Tobii AB

This has many different uses from assitive technology through to eye tracking software for VR. It helps you understand how learners use and move through your VR training modules - very much how traditional eye and mouse tracking is used to understand user behaviour on a screen. This allows you to better understand how people are using the VR training session - is everything where people expect it to be, and do they have to hunt around for what to do next?

83. Emteq

Emteq measures emotion in VR and AR. Being able to measure states, reaction times, feelings and responses is something of a holy grail for VR simulation for learning.
84. Errol

An online training tool that allows you to follow up on classroom training by sending as many questions as often as you like, to track the engagement and knowledge of employees in a fun and supportive way and make sure learners are retaining the stuff they've just been taught.
85. Learning Locker

One of the few mature xAPI Learning Record Stores on the market. Itacts as a central repository of learning data from many data sources with data analytics and visualisation tools focussed on measuring learning, and is available in an open source, self-installed and self supported version or a fully supported, cloud or on-premise enterprise version which also unlocks a range of apps to make integration and analysis easier. A great option for learning analytics initiatives if your organisation doesn't have access to enterprise-level business intelligence tools, or the expertise to use them.
86. Watershed

xAPI based learning record store offering learning analytics solutions for L&D organisations. The reporting is the main feature even though the platform is essentially an xAPI LRS.There are proven integrations with many development tools.
87. Wootled

Live question and response tool for various applications. In an L&D context this could allow the polling of a private list (eg your course audience) about their opinion on any multi choice question, with rapid feedback in reports and graphs.
88. Yet Analytics

An xAPI based learning record store offering learning analytics solutions for L&D organisations. There are some interesting applications to mastery approaches to learning.

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