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.[:]
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.
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.
Yesterday, I implemented successfully the option for the software automatically updating checking if there is any new update available to the desktop software. If there is a new version already lunched and published on the website www.visionbot.net the software will download the new updates and automatically install them. I attached a screenshot of this new feature.
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)
We must admit that this is definitely a step further for VisionBot and we are looking forward to see it commercialized on the market.
A few days ago, VisionBot Pick and Place Machine got accepted to EAI360 – Bringing ideas to market, together idea accelerator. Although I had been working to more than 50 projects, I don’t have any entrepreneurship experience. EAI360 it’s a platform to help entrepreneurs just like me to bring your Idea to Market. I had the first online meeting and in a few weeks I will see the experience I will get from EAI360. I think EAI360 it’s a great opportunity for VisionBot, at least in this stage. Also I am looking to register VisionBot to the YCombinator. The deadline for the YCombinator is very close – so I must hurry with the website.