A SHEPHERD’S Bush entrepreneur who created a buzz with his design for a bamboo mobile phone has received the backing of technology giant Google.
Kieron-Scott Woodhouse has moved his AD Creative company offices into the Google Campus, in central London, after his design was featured on more than 100 news websites and blogs across the globe.
The talented 24-year-old, in his final year of a product design and engineering course at Middlesex University, was spotted after designing a mobile phone in his spare time through frustration at the lack of variety in the market.
After posting his creations on forums and websites, he was contacted by a technology entrepreneur who has gone into business with him.
Together they created the ADzero smartphone, made from four-year-old organically grown bamboo, and they will further develop the concept at Google’s hub for technology start-up companies.
Mr Woodhouse said: “It’s so exciting to have moved into the Google Campus.
“We’re surrounded by other pioneering new technology companies so it’s a really innovative environment to be in. We’ve had such an incredible reception since announcing our new phone.
“We’ve featured on news and design websites that all designers dream about getting on to.
“I’ve really enjoyed my final-year project and time at Middlesex, but as soon as I graduate I’ll be able to dedicate all my time to developing the ADzero smartphone. It’s been an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait for it to launch.”
Mr Woodhouse has balanced this work with completing his final-year project – an innovative smartphone application that generates information based on the owner’s location.
Wyn Griffiths, his tutor at Middlesex University, said: “Kieron-Scott has had an intense year and has received a lot of well-deserved attention for his innovative design, which is even more impressive as he’s continued to perform well in his degree.
“His discipline and dedication has been admirable and sets him up to be highly successful in the future.”