Awards for Robot Launch 2014

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    Grand Champion

    Receiving startup services from WilmerHale and individual mentoring from expert roboticists, an industrial design review from Lemnos Labs plus personal interviews with VCs from companies like Khosla Ventures, Lux Capital, Bosch Ventures, Robolution Capital, Grishin Robotics and OATV, 

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    Leka Leka is a young startup which develops smart and innovative toys for children with communication and social disabilities. Our first product is a spherical robotic smart toy called Moti, designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Moti is able to move around, change colors, play music and talk to the child to attract his attention and stimulate him. Moti is also able to analyze the child's interaction and alter its behavior to respond to the child's needs. Moti works as an interface between the child and its environnement, to help him socially interact and communicate. More than a new way to play, Moti helps parents and specialists take care of the children in a connected and smarter way.
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    People's Choice

    The startup most popular with Robohub readers is eligible to win the Robohub "People's Choice" Award.

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    Jessiko robot fish by Robotswim
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    Finalist

    This startup received top scores from a panel of top industry judges.

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    Leka Leka is a young startup which develops smart and innovative toys for children with communication and social disabilities. Our first product is a spherical robotic smart toy called Moti, designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Moti is able to move around, change colors, play music and talk to the child to attract his attention and stimulate him. Moti is also able to analyze the child's interaction and alter its behavior to respond to the child's needs. Moti works as an interface between the child and its environnement, to help him socially interact and communicate. More than a new way to play, Moti helps parents and specialists take care of the children in a connected and smarter way.
    DoBots DoBots builds services for groups of robots. Our software allows the robots to coordinate and cooperate and report their progress to human supervisors. The first service that will be commercially deployed is a coordination service for robots that are cleaning a supermarket.
    Duct Inspection Robot DuctBot is rugged toy car size robot used for cleaning and inspecting air duct in central air conditioned environment like Ships, submarines, operation theaters, clean rooms, home and offices. Ductbot is made of Off-The-Shelf components like the Play station 2 joystick for control, thus making it easy to use and maintain Duct Bot is the top 35 Innovation for 2011 by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine
    Odd I/O LLC (product name is Wigl) Wigl is an educational interactive robot with a musical ear (developed right here in Portland). The idea is that Wigl can “hear” notes and responds with different movements (and dances). My goal is to have children enjoy the positive physical feedback that they receive while playing an instrument (e.g. a recorder) and make a connection with a toy that fully appreciates their musical talents! The bigger idea here is to create a brand behind educational toy robots, with future versions promoting the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
    Robotic Technologies of Tennessee Developer of mobile robotic manufacturing platforms supporting field fabrication and inspection. Our systems enable fabrication applications like welding, cutting, gouging and other surface preparation applications. Our systems can also enable inspection applications like UT, RT and ET. Our systems incorporate numerous controller options and vision systems. Our platforms operate on ferrous surfaces and our patented technologies enable our systems to traverse concave and convex surfaces, travel over obstacles and heavily coated surfaces while carrying payloads up to 100 lbs. Our small systems are less than 40 lbs and are about the size of a small backpack.
    Tandemech Engineering Tandemech Engineering is a California-based robotics startup, focusing on wall-climbing robotic platforms. The technology we have developed has allowed our proof-of-concept to outperform any wall-climber ever developed. We hope to continue to adapt our technology into vehicles to deploy testing, inspection, and potentially even manufacturing equipment into places that have previously been prohibitive to access. We strive to free humans from performing dangerous tasks in the workplace, and increase operation efficiency. Even more than that, however, we believe that our technology is scalable and can create a whole new space in robotic locomotion. We plan to enter the market as a vehicle to deploy non-destructive testing equipment on our national infrastructure, including bridges, concrete energy facilities, petrochemical holding tanks, and wind turbines.
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    WilmerHale Award(s)

    Legal advice and free startup services valued at more than $25,000 for the WilmerHale Award winner.

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    Tandemech Engineering Tandemech Engineering is a California-based robotics startup, focusing on wall-climbing robotic platforms. The technology we have developed has allowed our proof-of-concept to outperform any wall-climber ever developed. We hope to continue to adapt our technology into vehicles to deploy testing, inspection, and potentially even manufacturing equipment into places that have previously been prohibitive to access. We strive to free humans from performing dangerous tasks in the workplace, and increase operation efficiency. Even more than that, however, we believe that our technology is scalable and can create a whole new space in robotic locomotion. We plan to enter the market as a vehicle to deploy non-destructive testing equipment on our national infrastructure, including bridges, concrete energy facilities, petrochemical holding tanks, and wind turbines.
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    The Crowd Pleaser

    The startup with most potential for a viral crowdfunding campaign is eligible to win the Indiegogo "Crowd Pleaser" award - 50% off your campaign plus personal mentoring from Indiegogo.

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    Odd I/O LLC (product name is Wigl) Wigl is an educational interactive robot with a musical ear (developed right here in Portland). The idea is that Wigl can “hear” notes and responds with different movements (and dances). My goal is to have children enjoy the positive physical feedback that they receive while playing an instrument (e.g. a recorder) and make a connection with a toy that fully appreciates their musical talents! The bigger idea here is to create a brand behind educational toy robots, with future versions promoting the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
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    Best European Startup

    The best European startup will be eligible to have one on one mentoring with Robolution Capital in Paris or they'll come visit you!

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    DoBots DoBots builds services for groups of robots. Our software allows the robots to coordinate and cooperate and report their progress to human supervisors. The first service that will be commercially deployed is a coordination service for robots that are cleaning a supermarket.
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    Leanest Startup(s)

    Three of our top startups will win Luxr's Core Curricula - a "7 week course to greatness" helping you make a great product, most efficiently with your limited time and resources. 

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    RoboTar RoboTar is the first Portable robotic chord hand for guitar. It is a device paired with software running in a laptop or Android device to play guitar using only a one hand to strum or pick and a foot pedal or single push button to change chords. Chords and songs are built by the user using an app interface and sent to the device in sequence at the user's tempo. It was inspired by a long time guitarist that lost the ability to play after a stroke but has application for new learners, singers that want to accompany themselves, music and physical therapists, children and songwriters as well as seasoned guitarists that want a new way to play both rhythm and lead on the same guitar.
    Robotic Technologies of Tennessee Developer of mobile robotic manufacturing platforms supporting field fabrication and inspection. Our systems enable fabrication applications like welding, cutting, gouging and other surface preparation applications. Our systems can also enable inspection applications like UT, RT and ET. Our systems incorporate numerous controller options and vision systems. Our platforms operate on ferrous surfaces and our patented technologies enable our systems to traverse concave and convex surfaces, travel over obstacles and heavily coated surfaces while carrying payloads up to 100 lbs. Our small systems are less than 40 lbs and are about the size of a small backpack.
    Tandemech Engineering Tandemech Engineering is a California-based robotics startup, focusing on wall-climbing robotic platforms. The technology we have developed has allowed our proof-of-concept to outperform any wall-climber ever developed. We hope to continue to adapt our technology into vehicles to deploy testing, inspection, and potentially even manufacturing equipment into places that have previously been prohibitive to access. We strive to free humans from performing dangerous tasks in the workplace, and increase operation efficiency. Even more than that, however, we believe that our technology is scalable and can create a whole new space in robotic locomotion. We plan to enter the market as a vehicle to deploy non-destructive testing equipment on our national infrastructure, including bridges, concrete energy facilities, petrochemical holding tanks, and wind turbines.
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    One to Watch

    This startup really impressed our panel of top industry judges. We'll all be watching you!

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    3DOF Robotics This project presents an approach for a vertical infrastructure inspection using a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle and shared autonomy. Inspecting vertical structure such as light and power distribution poles is a difficult task that is time-consuming, dangerous and expensive. Recently, micro VTOL platforms (i.e. quad-, hexa- and octa-rotor) are rapidly gaining interest in research, military and even in public domains. The unmanned, low-cost and VTOL properties of these platforms make them ideal for situations where inspection would otherwise be time-consuming and/or hazardous to human. There are, however, challenges involved with developing such an inspection system, such as flying in close proximity to a target while maintaining a fixed stand-off distance from it, being immune to wind gusts and exchanging useful information with the user. To overcome these challenges, we require an accurate dynamic model of the air vehicle, high-update rate and accurate state estimation and high performance controllers to be implemented on a vehicle. Easy-to-control and intuitive interface are required for the human operator.
    Avidbots Billions of square feet of commercial floor space are cleaned every night. Grocery stores, airports, malls, factories, and warehouses are cleaned by people driving large machines. By incorporating the latest in robotics technology, Avidbots is automating the most labor and time-intensive portion of commercial floor cleaning. This automation will make commercial floor cleaning more efficient and cost-effective than ever before.
    Cloudy Robotics Cloudy Robotics aims to build a cloud platform for consumer robotics. Much like cloud platform solutions are becoming available for the Internet of Things (i.e. Xively, Thingworx and Carriots) robotics needs an open platform for it’s specific needs like real-time telepresence control, offloaded processing and code updates.
    GimBall We are developing Gimball, a game-changing flying robot which can be flown indoors and in complex environments: it can stay stable after collisions with obstacles and can thus go where other robots can't. Furthermore, it is safe to fly close to humans. This innovation turns robot into real partners for humans and truly unleashes the potential of flying robots by enabling countless new applications.
    Jammster In the US alone, over 140,000 quadriplegics require the constant attention of expensive in-home caregivers. Our mission is to create an affordable mobile robotic assistant that will provide these people with greater independence and an improved quality of life. We have a prototype, called Jammster, that consists of a dual-arm human friendly robot that has been mounted on a mobile base. Using a mouth-based controller, we have developed a simple user interface that allows users to manually operate Jammster. Our vision is that these mobility challenged individuals can use Jammster to independently and easily perform daily tasks that they couldn't before. We have been working closely with several local quadriplegics to ensure that Jammster meets as many of their needs as possible. Within a year, we plan on making Jammster semi-autonomous so that it can perform tasks like navigation and grasping by itself and only require a user’s input when the autonomous solution fails. Moreover, we are actively working on incorporating other input methods like voice commands in order to make Jammster as easy to use as possible. We envision that Jammster will be able to offer a viable and affordable solution to many of the problems that quadriplegics face on a daily basis.
    Jessiko robot fish by Robotswim
    MightyMount Problem Video has become the primary means of capturing and sharing memorable and exciting moments and represents the future of engagement among friends, family, and community members. The emergence of the action camera has created a new segment of video users requiring more dynamic video (video with movement of subjects) and more dynamic videos are being uploaded to YouTube by the minute, all requiring manual intervention to film moving objects. But although technology has allowed advances in video recording devices, the technology enabling more advanced camera mounts has been lagging. The solution is an automated camera mount that records moving objects for you, be it yourself or your friends. Company and Product Mighty Mount is a company dedicated to the creation of autonomous camera mounts, serving as robotic cameramen, allowing video to be automatically recorded of any moving focal point, and leading to easier, more dynamic video. Mighty Mount’s first product is an electro-mechanical video camera mounting solution that enables users to automatically track a desired subject while either the video camera or target or both are moving. Two servomotors, an infrared detector, an infrared emitter, and a microcontroller are the primary components, which are housed in a compact and rugged pan-and-tilt unit that offers free range of motion in all directions, stays locked on its target up to a range of 35 ft., indoor or outdoor, and is compatible with any video recording device, including smartphones, but was designed for action cameras. The product is currently in the final prototyping phase for V1 and has an initial working version complete. A patent is currently in the process of being filed. Mighty Mount is seeking $387k in start-up funding. Value Proposition Mighty Mount leverages advanced technology to provide the consumer with the ability to create dynamic videos of an individual, without any manual intervention necessary or additional effort, so that the user can focus on his/ her own activity without missing any memorable moments. Market Analysis The Global photographic equipment market in 2012 was approximately a $59B global industry, $10B in the U.S. Camera mounts, as part of the equipment sub-segment represented $1.2B in the U.S. and $11.5B worldwide in 2012 with an additional $6.5B market in accessories to smartphones, which can also record video. The overall photography industry has a CAGR of 4.6% over the next 5 years, 3.9% in the U.S. Market3 and action cameras are leading the growth in the overall industry with a 400% projected increase in unit sales (2M to 8M units) from 2012 to 20144 in action cameras alone. Target Segment & Total Addressable Market (TAM) Mighty Mount will target the Action Sports segment due to the segment’s tremendous growth, the segment’s compelling need, desire, and passion to record dynamic video (GoPro users alone uploaded video every 2.5 minutes to YouTube), the ease of access for marketing and sales, the segment’s rising household income and willingness to spend, and the geographic concentration in the Western United States near Mighty Mount headquarters. Narrowing the focus to this segment brings the initial TAM size, in terms of users, to 1.7M users, or approximately $250M in potential revenues. . Competition and Differentiation The key competition includes Swivl, Soloshot, and stationary camera mounts but none of these existing competitors compete with the same features or to the same target segment. Swivl and Soloshot cannot simultaneously pan and tilt. While Swivl is designed for indoor use and iOS products only, Soloshot is designed for outdoor long distance panning for objects over 100 ft. away. Since Mighty Mount is differentiated by focusing on a rugged build, short distance tracking, compatibility with action cameras and smartphones, and autonomous tracking for action sports users, Mighty Mount has a significant advantage in this space. Supply Chain and Marketing Mighty Mount plans to partner with a domestic manufacturer to source the components and produce the end-product. Marketing consists of social media, YouTube, and word-of-mouth to engage with the target users, as well as travel to tradeshows and events to perform demos. Partnering with organizations such as the Active Network and leveraging existing contacts at the X-Games will be potentially key marketing components. Sales will take place via e-commerce channels, small specialty shops, and large specialty chains like REI. Management Team The management team consists of three Anderson students and a PhD engineering student. Between the four team members exist seven degrees in engineering, four degrees in business, focuses on strategy, operations, finance, entrepreneurship, and mechanical design as well as backgrounds and experience in infrared technology, microcontroller programming, lifecycle product development, adaptive control theory and dynamic system modeling, product management, digital advertising, and project management. Most importantly, the team is passionate about the product and its application in our everyday lives.
    Plug and Wear Textile pressure sensors have proven to be very accurate for robotics. Our idea is to produce strain and pressure textile sensors for robotic applications. Soft sensors will be used as a sefety device or a a soft interface, similar to human skin.
    RoboTar RoboTar is the first Portable robotic chord hand for guitar. It is a device paired with software running in a laptop or Android device to play guitar using only a one hand to strum or pick and a foot pedal or single push button to change chords. Chords and songs are built by the user using an app interface and sent to the device in sequence at the user's tempo. It was inspired by a long time guitarist that lost the ability to play after a stroke but has application for new learners, singers that want to accompany themselves, music and physical therapists, children and songwriters as well as seasoned guitarists that want a new way to play both rhythm and lead on the same guitar.
    Sproutel
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    Welcome to the Valley

    Silicon Valley Robotics will arrange meetings and introductions for the startup with the best developed pitch - not already in Silicon Valley but ready to visit.

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    Robotic Technologies of Tennessee Developer of mobile robotic manufacturing platforms supporting field fabrication and inspection. Our systems enable fabrication applications like welding, cutting, gouging and other surface preparation applications. Our systems can also enable inspection applications like UT, RT and ET. Our systems incorporate numerous controller options and vision systems. Our platforms operate on ferrous surfaces and our patented technologies enable our systems to traverse concave and convex surfaces, travel over obstacles and heavily coated surfaces while carrying payloads up to 100 lbs. Our small systems are less than 40 lbs and are about the size of a small backpack.