42 Technology used its engineering design skills to develop a new
approach to the design of the capo that would overcome the traditional
The inspiration for the development of
the capo came from 42 Technology's managing director, Nick Campling,
who is an accomplished guitarist. He said: "I have always found
the capo awkward to use so I decided that we should use our
engineering and design expertise to develop a better product. Our capo
can be removed or adjusted easily with one hand and it applies the
minimum amount of pressure on the strings so that the tuning is not
"The development of the capo was
not just a personal campaign. We believe there is a real business
opportunity. For example there are more than 1.7 million guitars sold
each year in the USA and UK alone - and most guitars will have a capo.
We are now looking at methods of commercialising our product.
"We have shown the capo to a
number of professional musicians who have been very enthusiastic about
it. There has also been interest from some of the biggest brand names
in guitars and accessories.
"We are very pleased to have won
the SMART award, it recognises 42 Technology for its innovation, which
is what our business is about."
The SMART award scheme is designed to
encourage the rapid growth of science and technology based businesses,
which are using innovation in new products and processes.
42 Technology was established in 1995.
It provides a product design and development service to a number of
Cambridgeshire's leading technology and research companies.