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Odense Robotics announced 13 startups in its Beyond Beta program. The initiative will include 15 total startups, and the last two spots will be announced soon.
The Beyond Beta initiative is set to begin later this month, and will run until June 2023. The selected startups will receive coaching and mentoring from robotics experts, exposure through Odense Robotics and access to a network of industry and funding specialists.
The program is facilitated by Odense Robotics and is supported by the Danish Board of Business Development and the European Social Fund.
The startups chosen range from companies at the idea phase, to more experienced startups with a product on the market. They include: Aerial Tools, ARIS Robotics, Drone Tracking, High Precision Systems, Monopulse, NAUST Robotics, Robotto Co, RobStruct, Roico, Spectrofly, SubBlue Robotics, Tonus Tech and Yuman.
Read more below about some of the startups selected for the program. If we learn more about the company Drone Tracking, we’ll update this story.
A company developing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones for mapping, agriculture monitoring and infrastructure inspection. The drone can fly for up to three hours and maintain speeds as low as 10 m/s. The drone operates autonomously, and has a standardized interface for easy attachment of instruments for remote sensing.
Aris created AI-powered self-sorting garbage cans. The cans are meant to replace the typical multi-hole garbage cans that rely on people’s knowledge and willingness to sort their trash. Instead, Aris’ can has a single hole for people to throw their trash into. The can uses AI to recognize and sort the material. The company is also developing an industrial safe sorting unit for recycling sites.
High Precision Systems
High Precision Systems is developing a lightweight exoskeleton glove intended to function intuitively and with great force. The glove will work as an extension of the user’s hands, and will help with physically demanding, repetitive work and tasks that are too difficult to automate. The company’s product relies on existing technologies that the company hopes to push to new possibilities.
A startup developing and manufacturing autonomous drone systems for maritime use. Its drones are targeted towards search and rescue and remote inspection tasks. Monopulse’s system was designed for use onboard a ship to provide the most value for crews during missions. It uses multiple GNSS constellations for positioning and deep learning to classify items in the camera view.
NAUST Robotics aims to reduce damage to crops caused by birds with its automatic drone equipped with speakers. According to the startup, 30% of crops are lost, on average, due to damage caused by birds. Its drone solution offers an alternative to current techniques used to scare away birds, such as stationary scarecrows and gas cannons.
This startup creates drones equipped with AI and edge computing software for use in combating wildfires and in search and rescue operations. However, Robotto doesn’t aim to limit itself to a few use cases. Instead, the company focuses on tailoring its drone software to fit its customer’s specific needs. Its development team can tailor Robotto’s core technology to identify, track and analyze different objects or ground events.
RobStruct provides mobile robotic solutions for the construction industry. The company wants to reduce strain on construction workers by automating repetitive and physically demanding tasks, like continuous lifting, carrying and towing. Besides reducing the physical strain on construction workers, automating these tasks also allows workers to focus on actively building.
Roico offers a robotic painting solution that can help customers paint larger surfaces easily. The system can be set up in less than five minutes, and can paint surfaces up to 3.5 meters with a consistent coating. The plug-and-play system simply needs to be filled up with paint and set in front of a wall, and the system’s spray-painting technology will take care of the rest. It even detects if there are any objects in the way or areas that don’t need to be painted, like a doorway. According to the company, renting the system can increase a company’s profits by up to 32.8% by allowing workers to focus on more difficult tasks.
This startup is a technical surveyor company that operates domestically and internationally. Spectrofly uses drones to provide measurement and mapping, and draws on the company’s expertise in geography and hydrology to add value to that data. The company’s surveying service can be used in a variety of sectors, including agriculture, water resources, environmental monitoring and infrastructure.
SubBlue Robotics uses robots to clean and polish propellers on boats. With SubBlue’s technology, shipowners don’t need to send divers to perform the dangerous but necessary task of polishing ship propellers. The startup’s solution allows shipowners to polish as frequently as they want to without delays or restrictions.
Tonus Tech is developing soft robotic actuators that can be embedded in garments. The actuators are meant to mimic human muscles and reduce strain on joints when used. Tonus Tech offers sportswear for both professional athletes and amateurs embedded with these actuators, which provide extra strength to wearers.
This startup creates robots that assist nurses by delivering food, laundry and medicine in hospital wards. Yuman’s goal is to combat nurse burnout by allowing them to have more time to focus on the needs of their patients. The mobile robot operates autonomously, and is specifically trained to operate in a hospital environment.