Who we are
Snobal was founded by business and life partners Murray James and Ann Nolan with the simple premise of enabling business to make better sense of their built environment, information and process using the power of immersive technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality (XR).
It was in 2008 that the potential of immersive technologies first captured Ann and Murray’s attention in terms of its potential to transform how humans interacted with information and each other, but it wasn’t until the release of the first Oculus SDK1 in 2012 that they decided to do something about it. It took two more years before Snobal was officially founded in 2014 becoming one of the world’s earliest players working exclusively in virtual reality and spatial computing development for business.
In 2017 Snobal was profiled as one of the leading Australian technology companies transforming the construction sector in an industry report produced by StartupAus in collaboration with Aconex, Lendlease, EY and the Victorian Government.
Today the company has a growing team and with offices in Melbourne, and the recently announced Singapore. It is a journey that is still evolving.
Photo: Chris Hopkins.
Clients making impact
You’ll find engineering design companies, asset owner/operators, government departments, construction companies, registered training companies and management consultancies from New Zealand, US to Singapore and Australia using our suite of artificial intelligence (AI) assisted XR products.
Snobal is part of a story that began nearly 40 years ago.
In May 1984, Jane Snowball, a 72 year old grandmother from Gateshead UK put an order for margarine, cornflakes and eggs through to her local Tesco from her television remote control.
She was part of a local council program – The Gateshead Shopping Experiment – to help the elderly with mobility problems. At the time little did Jane Snowball or indeed Michael Aldrich (creator of the technology through which Ms Snowball placed the order) know that she was to become the first person in the world to make an online shopping order from home.
When Ann and Murray came across this article they felt they had found the inspiration for what to call their company.
“We loved how the first online shopping order placed from home had a vision of using emerging technology to make someone’s life easier. To enable an elderly person to purchase their weekly groceries conveniently and easily. And from this a billion dollar industry has been created empowering small businesses to have global reach and impact. It has been truly transformative”. – Ann Nolan
While not focused on ecommerce or retail per se, Snobal is part of this story that began in 1984.
What the next generation brings in terms of the intersection of virtual reality, augmented reality and human interaction remains to be seen even within business. But we do know that enabling people to better communicate collaborate and understand their environments and information will be key.
Awards and recognition
Our leadership team
We're a diverse mix of multi-disciplinary creatives and engineers, led by an experienced senior leadership team.
CEO & Co-Founder
CDO & Co-Founder
James De Colling
Lead Product Engineer
Client Success Manager
Join the journey
If you would like to learn more about working at Snobal please view current openings on our careers page. Alternatively, if you'd like to know more about our solutions, get in touch with us!