March 13, 2019 – Automate Show has today announced seven finalists in the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition. Co-produced with MassRobotics, the competition gives innovative young companies in robotics, machine vision and motion control the chance to receive a USD $10,000 cash award and a moment in the spotlight at the Automate 2019 Show and Conference, a showcase devoted to automation industry trends, emerging technology and business innovation, taking place April 8-11 in Chicago, Illinois.
One of these finalists is Firefly Dimension Inc., which is dedicated to developing the largest field-of-view, standalone, and the most cost-effective augmented reality headsets for industrial applications.
On April 10 in the “Win the Future” theater, the seven finalists will have five minutes to pitch their technology solution to a panel of judges comprised of industry leaders and investors. Past winners include Apellix (2017) for its software-controlled aerial robotics and Soft Robotics (2015) for its innovative gripping solution.
“While there can only be one winner, we expect to see the innovations from all seven finalists playing an instrumental role in transforming the manufacturing and service sectors over the next decade,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), which organizes Automate. “This competition lets us identify and support the best of the best, getting them in front of industry leaders, potential partners and customers as well as investors to help them through each stage of their business. We’re thrilled to see where these new technologies will take us.”
Other Automate Launch Pad Competition finalists include:
Innovative Mechatronic Systems B.V. – IM Systems developed the Archimedes Drive, a toothless gearbox with speed reducer technology, that aims at bringing improvements in performance compared to current drive solutions.
Realtime Robotics – Realtime Robotics works with customers to create adaptable robotic systems for application to a range of industrial tasks in varying environments, as well as to enable autonomous driving platforms to achieve superior safety at normal driving speeds, even in complex urban driving environments.
Southie Autonomy – Southie Autonomy builds intelligent robot software that enables any industrial robot to be repurposed and re-deployed by any person, without robotics expertise or even computer skills.
Ubiros – Ubiros builds soft robot hands that conform to the shape of objects to avoid damaging or bruising fragile objects.
WiBotic, Inc. – WiBotic provides wireless charging and power optimization solutions with its patented Adaptive Matching technology built into every system, improving upon established methods for magnetic resonance and inductive power transfer, to provide the power levels and increased antenna range drones and robots demand.
Wilder Systems – Wilder Systems is expanding the range of feasible robotic applications by introducing collaborative, multi-functional robots into aerospace manufacturing.
Image credit: Firefly Dimension Inc.