Today we decided to write a very short blog post about the progress we did with VisionBot. We did a nice chart which illustrates a large part of our great achievements we had done in the past 7-8 months with VisionBot. At the beginning of July’15 we will attend the JA Europe Enterprise Challenge 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. Over there we will present the company and our first product VisionBot SMT Placement Equipment. We are very sure it will gonna be a very fun experience presenting a hardware product in Lisbon. We decided to ship VisionBot there for the exhibition day. We don’t know how, but we gonna find a solution for that.
Our company, BIT TECHNOLOGIES RO got a 10,000 euro seed money from Hyundai Romania for VisionBot SMT Placement Equipment . We received the fund at the Junior Achievement Romania’s national contest “Company of the Year”, where the founder, Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu presented VisionBot. For us, it is a really great achievement because we received some funds to continue our goal to enable the dreams of millions of makers, electrical engineers and SMEs to transform electronic prototypes into products. At that contest, we got also the great honor to present our company in Lisbon, Portugal at the European stage of the “Company of the Year”.[:]
VisionBot is delighted to be the recipient of the Impact Hub’s Social Impact Award – SIA 2015. For us, VisionBot is not just a business, it is an affordable assembly line for PCBs designed for makers, electrical engineers, hardware startups, hackers, inventors and SMEs. Our mission is to bring VisionBot Pick and Place Robots to everyone’s garage – and by this to enable markers to start a PCBA medium production very soon, easy and efficient. From the the Social Impact Award 2015 judges panel, we got a lot of really productive feedback and know-how to develop VisionBot furthermore. The biggest first two milestones for VisionBot and BIT TECHNOLOGIES RO are
- Finishing a fully functional prototype of VisionBot
- Start a small VisionBot assembly production in Romania.
All this award money will be invested in VisionBot because we really want to achieve these two really important milestones for us.[:]
I did significantly progress developing the first prototype of the VisionBot SMT Pick and Place robot. I also did the first fully functional test to assembly an entire Printed Circuit Board using VisionBot SMT Pick and Place robot. I redesigned and remade the main PCB of the VisionBot microcontroller into a smaller one. I believe in maximum two months I will finish and publish the first promotional video about my startup. I fixed many firmware bugs, one of them was that on one axis the machine was making x-1 steps. So each time it was forgetting one step. To understand that it works properly, I tested moving thousands of steps on different axis and in the end I was returning to the 0,0,0,0 position. Through this verification method, I was able to understand if the machine loses any step.
In the last developments to improve the machine, I also introduced 7 feeders with 5,000 Surface Mount Devices each. You can see the feeders in the pictures attached to this blog post. I bought te 35,000 resistances from E-bay for nearly $100.
Besides working at the machine itself, I also worked to improve the Search Engine Optimization – SEO for my blog but also for VisionBot official web page. Right now, I am looking to find a few volunteers who would like to translate VisionBot home page into Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, German, Russian, French and Japanese. In the next blog post I will talk about the improvements I did to the Computer Vision Software.
The creator of VisionBot, Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu presented the concept of the machine and the business plan at the Hult International Business School in San Francisco. It was a prolific and interesting event where he met a lot of young entrepreneurs like him but also electrical engineers who were studying business to create their own company. The event hosted at the Hult Business School was more like a small showcase with new tech companies. Unfortunately, it was hard for him to bring to robot from Romania only for the showcase.
VisionBot first English pitch was done in Silicon Valley, USA at 18th February 2015 at the Global Innovation Summit. It was an interesting experience, the team got from over there a lot of know-how how to build a better startup and a successful Kickstarter campaign from a lot of IT experts and venture investors. Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu had been invited by the European Young Inventor Forum to do a pitch in front of many mentors and investors from Silicon Valley at the Global Innovation Summit 2015. It was his second time to travel and understand the mental state that exists and persist for many years in Silicon Valley for new technologies startups and innovations. He talked with a lot of interesting people and even electrical engineers who are looking later on for the status of VisionBot and the stages of Kickstarter campaign. In San Francisco, Alexandru met one of the HEXO+ drone co-founders and he learned a lot from HEXO+ experience.
A few days days ago, at the Romanian Students Abroad League gala that took place on Thursday, January 8, 2015 Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu received the best student of the year in Romania award for 2013-2014. It is a great honor for Alexandru because this award was handed by the new President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. For him, it was quite hard to achieve this because he is just a sophomore computer geek college student in Romania. According to his blog “The award ceremony was amazing and I remember with great pleasure the moments when I shook his hand, receiving my beautiful trophy and that I became speechless. That day, fully charged my batteries to continue further more with my start up projectVisionBot and to work harder in order to succeed. I think, next month I will go to Silicon Valley in order to talk with IT experts and business people to show them my start up project. Although we have a huge political difference, I still believe in my view. I don’t want to jinx you telling that one swallow doesn’t a summer make.”
During 13th and 15th of November Alexandru attended the 63rd edition of Brussels Innova with another great project that he has: “Device for automatically detection of burglars wearing hoods”.
His invention was made out of three different applications. First, by using different Image Processing techniques the software is able to understand the moving object and track them; second, in order to recognize the burglars who are wearing hoods or other masks, the device uses Artificial Intelligence; third, the electronic device is connected to a microphone and in this way is able to recognize the fingerprint noise generated by an angle grinder when someone is trying to cut and steal an ATM machine.
Brussels Innova is a forum for business and institutions active in R&D where the innovation showcases for more than 20 countries.
Alexandru, congrats again! You made Romania proud!