The word "startup" in recent years is strongly associated with the Internet and created a network of projects. In contrast to the general trend in the St. Petersburg business incubator "Ingria" hardware-startups gathered from across the country — from Kazan "Spikfona" offering to use intercoms for rapid communication with the public, to Khanty-Mansiysk developer of technology to transform the associated gas to methane.
There was a total 78 applications for participation in the investment of the session "Ingria", but the right to display their projects have received only 19 startups. Here is the most interesting of the projects submitted.
Three-wheeled electric vehicle e-Trike
Astrakhan manufacturer golfkarov Bravo Motors, decided to go out on a public road for the first time presented its draft single three-wheeled electric vehicle-trasformery. It must combine the simplicity of Segway (joystick control, the ability to park almost anywhere) with the comfort of a car. The idea is not unique — as the recognized head of Constantine Artemyev, he averaged in the world for 16 competitors. However, according to him, the development of Bravo Motors has its advantages: for example, the ability to model "trasformirovatsya" (partially folded for travel on non-automotive areas, where space can be very limited), and the full protection of the driver from the elements.
As told Artemyev, the name of e-Trike "(meaning all three-wheeled electric vehicles) is temporary. Having invested $ 150,000 of their own funds, the company has reached the alpha version: Demonstrate video in which the unit is moved successfully, caused in the audience applause. However, to create the final product need a few million dollars — thanks to them should get electric car with a retail price of $ 12,000 (and subsequent reduction to $ 8,000) are certified by analogy with quad bikes and able to travel 70-140 miles on a single charge.
Robot guard xTurion
A small robot on tracks equipped with a camera and various sensors (smoke detectors, leaks, gas analyzer), is designed to cope with the problem of false alarms fixed: When a call comes owner of the robot will be able to connect to it via the internet and check whether there is a real problem. In addition, xTurion — not in need of sleep a night watchman, able to regularly go around the large room. Robots, enabling them to remotely manage and transmit the image from your camera, are now increasingly used for other purposes (from teleprezentatsionnyh to entertainment) — director of "Iksturion" Sergei Kolyubin told that the functionality xTurion later also going to expand, making it the intellectual center of the "smart at home. "
Now there is a "predprototip", assembled on a platform Lynxmotion Johnny 5 with the addition of its components — as long as the creators of the robot tested the software on it, and by July, plan to move on its own platform. Assumed that the finished product will cost in the retail of $ 500, to operate from a single Charging an hour or two and move at a speed of 10-12 km / h Its creation cost is projected at $ 300,000.
Speereo company has 15 years of experience in speech recognition, and now has decided to put its software into its own device. She introduced the "universal voice control": easy to hold the device with a minimum of buttons that allows you to control any home appliances with an infrared voice commands.
This panel is contrary with several modern trends. First, the management technique and voice commands are increasingly considered to be the prerogative of smartphones. Secondly, voice assistants like Siri can formulate a query in various ways, and the remote Speereo require in advance the exact list of commands (if you want variation, you can specify more than one per action). The company, however, has its own answers to this: the accuracy of recognition and understanding of queries Siri is insufficient for the control panel, and a smartphone do not want to constantly carry around the apartment. We have Speereo and his ace in the hole: recognition occurs directly in the device, not on the server, so that all will work without an internet connection.
The estimated retail price of the device — 6000 rubles.
Thermometer up to kilometers
Fiber optic temperature sensors so impressed the experts, that the director "SibSensora" Ivan Shelemba returned to Novosibirsk with a diploma for the I place. Such sensors are good for the temperature control of extended objects — for example, pipelines, if you can install a traditional dot, the optical fiber extends along the entire length.
The company did not invent the principle of measurement is not made in-house components of sensors and even not going to sell them herself, and through partners (they can be spetsiliziruyuschiesya on security company). However, according to Shelemba, it allows the customer to get a solution, "turnkey", relying on someone else's experience in fiber optics, "We know how to be such a device." Thanks to the first sale of the company has already started to break even.
Designer robot TRIC
Designer allows you to create and program robots designed as a middle ground between the two approaches. With Lego Mindstorms can easily understand schoolboy, but his options are limited (say, about a robot with stereo vision there can only dream). Products based on Arduino and Raspberry Pi are given more freedom, but also require much (for example, to deal with the compatibility of the different components), so are the lot of enthusiasts. Teachers and students of Mathematics and Mechanics of the Faculty decided to combine the advantages of these options by making TRIC rich features and thus easy to learn.
The main aim of the new design makes the creators at the educational market, actively communicating with schools and taking into account their wishes, but then want to take and for the consumer. Now TRIC are developing models based on popular designers, enlivening them with your controller. The yield of the planned break-even within two years after the investment.
The device for the diagnosis of car service centers outside eZWay
Products eZWay — development of the theme of the diagnostic port adapter for the car, which allows it to receive data in a "raw". EZWay creates Android-app and online service that will tell when a car is time to change the oil as it has affairs with consumption of gasoline and what kind of trouble he said.
In the U.S., recently appeared like a startup Automatic, but as a team eZWay told, she has something to counter a competitor. First, unlike Automatic with a special adapter for $ 69.95, its service is connected to any of the adapter with support for Bluetooth (they are cheaper). Secondly, Automatic is currently limited to the U.S. market, and the timing of expansion is unclear. Third, there is a social component eZWay: service will allow car owners to communicate and share experiences. The team has invested in a startup € 40,000 of their own funds.
The device for the blind Oriense
The device is attached to the chest of blind or partially sighted people, analyzes the world and with the help of a voice synthesizer informs him of the obstacles on the way and how to avoid them. According to company CEO Vitaly China, Oriense involved two devices at once — stereo camera for orientation on svetua and an infrared sensor for orientation in the dark. Oriense buy sensors, mass-produced PrimeSense, then write their own software.
The software will be actively developed, so by simply updating the software to extend the functionality of the device: Oriense plan to teach him to recognize the colors of traffic lights, the license plate on the car. Another idea — to allow the user to show the trustee on the internet video stream from the camera unit (a "video call to a friend" would be useful, if the technique is not able to help in overcoming the obstacles). The company designs and own a stereo camera. Production of an experimental batch of devices will cost $ 250,000.