Ionut Budisteanu Social Impact Award VisionBot

VisionBot got the Social Impact Award from Impact Hub Bucharest

Ionut Budisteanu Social Impact Award VisionBot

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu Social Impact Award VisionBot

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.[:]

VisionBot SMT Placement Equipment video

Today, we have published officially our first VisionBot SMT Placement Equipment Video. It was uploaded on Youtube and you can access it by pressing the play button. The Video is not professional and it only shows a test done by me.

The video shows a little bit about the VisionBot Main Software.

In the next video we will show how the machine works directly with the Gerber Files. In the mean tile VisionBot got qualified in the Romanian Bizz Factory incubator.

VisionBot Pick and Place machine to make PCBs

VisionBot SMT Pick and Place robot significantly progress

VisionBot Pick and Place machine to make PCBs

VisionBot Pick and Place machine to make PCBs

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.

VisionBot Pick and Place Robot for SMT

VisionBot Pick and Place Robot for SMT

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.

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley representing VisionBot

VisionBot got to Silicon Valley

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley representing VisionBot

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley representing VisionBot

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.

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu in the national exhibition of inventions and creation for youth in Romania

It is time to celebrate! VisioBot got its first gold medal!!!

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu got a gold medal for VisionBot at the National Exhibition of Inventions and Creation for youth in Romania

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu got a gold medal for VisionBot at the National Exhibition of Inventions and Creation for youth in Romania

After 4 months of hard work and devotion, VisionBot won the First Prize at the National Fair of Inventions and Scientific Creation for Youth held in Bucharest this month.

This National Fair is part of Gaudeamus Fair and it was organised by the Minister of Youth and Sports in Romania. Its main goal is to support the innovative creations of youth people with age between 15 and 35 years old. The 3 days event is composed out of three sections: applied science, information technology and the technology of the future. VisionBot was proud representative of information technology.

This is the 5th edition where Alexandru presented his invention and got the first prize for it.  The jury was represented by inventors, academicians and representatives of OSIM (State Office of Inventions and Trademarks)

 

VisionBot Pick and Place robot awarded medals

VisionBot Pick and Place robot awarded medals

We must admit that this is definitely a step further for VisionBot and we are looking forward to see it commercialized on the market.

Alexandru Budisteanu presenting VisionBot at Taiwan Prominent Inventor Association

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu won 2 medals and 3 awards at Brussels Innova 2014, the International Exhibition of Invention, Research and New Technologies.

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu won a gold medal at the world exhibition on inventions, research and new technologies

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu won a gold medal at the world exhibition on inventions, research and new technologies

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!

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu won a gold medal and a special prize from Taiwan Prominent Inventor Association

Alexandru Ionut Budisteanu won a gold medal and a special prize from Taiwan Prominent Inventor Association