Lena Gaede

The future trends of work for companies: how working places will change due to the robotic boom

For a long time, it has been the topic of sci-fi thrillers – now, it’s becoming reality: the robotics revolution. No panic needed though, it looks very different to the way film directors envisioned it. Mechanical men don’t march among us, in fact robots are mainly used in the industry. So, what exactly does the future hold for us? What’s hot in robotics? And most importantly: how are working places going to change in course of the robotic boom? CODE_n got some answers for you and names 3 trends to keep an eye on.

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Lisa Flieg

CODE_n Alumni | “We designed our vision of a social robot for educating the children of today”

We continue with an in-depth look at the trend of robotics and AI! Today, let’s turn to another fascinating startup story, this time in a field undergoing sweeping developments – especially when it merges with educational technology (EdTech): our Spanish CODE_n alumnus Aisoy Robotics. Aisoy creates “emotional entertainment robots” that are changing the way people play, learn, discover, and have fun. Will they revolutionize the education industry by getting robots to teach children – not only in terms of knowledge acquisition but also emotional intelligence? Learn more in this interview with Aisoy Robotics and its founder and CEO, José Manuel del Río.

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Lisa Flieg

CODE_n SPACES Residents | Five questions for our latest companions: the startup TruPhysics

Heads up, companies involved in manufacturing! It’s like all the talk at the moment is of robotics and machine learning, especially when it comes to digitalization. So all the more reason for us to greet the latest new residents at CODE_n SPACES: TruPhysics! An AI/robotics startup from Stuttgart, TruPhysics is working on some amazingly revolutionary ideas – as its CEO Albert Groz reveals in a brief interview. It makes for some fascinating reading!

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Toposens from Germany

toposens_logoToposens, one of our CODE_n CONTEST finalists of the Connected Mobility cluser, builds innovative 3D sensor technology and is developing a completely new method of localizing 3D positions through ultrasound and radar for the precise 3D detection of objects in real time. The Toposens sensor system generates new ways of providing non-optical vision for technical objects, such as robots, autonomous vehicles, or IoT systems. The founding team consists of the two engineers Alexander Rudoy and Rinaldo Persichini and Tobias Bahnemann, who we’ve talked to in this interview.

What is Toposens all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Toposens builds innovative 3D sensors, which can perceive their surroundings via ultrasound in real time. Basically, we transfer the ability of a bat to see in the dark to technical devices. It is small, low power, robust and precise, available for a competitive price and protects privacy. The sensor can be used for gesture control, collision avoidance and to track people.

During his mechatronics studies, Alexander Rudoy wanted to build a toy robot fish that swims around in an aquarium, powered by electromagnetic fields. For this purpose, he needed a 3D sensor to locate the fish underwater. There was no suitable sensor available on the market due to technological issues or because they were too expensive. Therefore, Alex started developing the algorithm for the 3D ultrasound sensor over the course of the following three years by himself. In 2014, he got together with Rinaldo Persichini and Tobias Bahnemann and they started Toposens.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Toposens did not improve existing technology – we developed a novel technology from scratch that is superior to the existing ones in many important aspects. Even though ultrasound has been used for a long time, our algorithm allows us to be the first one to receive 3D “images” from a single ultrasound sensor system.

The specifications of ultrasound technology make it possible for the first time to build a 3D sensor system which is mobile, low power, robust and reasonably priced. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | PTX technical expertise (Germany) – Vision for Motion

PTX quadrat

4D MMS – “Multi Mobility Safety” enables machines and vehicles to see and recognize objects. Ferdinand Wiegelmann, the CEO of PTX technical expertise, explains how: Machines and industrial robots do not have to be in a secured area or operate within an enclosed system. Instead, they can still act independently by using a 3D laser scanner. So cars can now detect their surroundings on a much more detailed 3D level, instead of using radar or ultrasonic sound.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Ferdinand Wiegelmann (PTX technical expertise): The idea for 4D MMS based on laser scanning comes from the need to make machines, robots and vehicles more flexible and to enable them to see and recognize objects. We call this “vision for motion.”

For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?

Ferdinand Wiegelmann (PTX technical expertise): Our customers are providers of industry automation systems, industrial and forklift trucks as well as transport robots. Their aim is to increase productivity and avoid collisions. Thanks to 4D MMS, their immediate environment can be detected and motions can be predicted.

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | Aisoy (Spain) – a complex technology to play to personal potential

Aisoy is building a revolutionary, emotional, robotic mentor for kids. Friendly, helpful, intelligent and connected, Aisoy enhances creativity through discovery, adding a new class of personal robotic platform for innovative educational concepts. We talked to José Manuel del Río, CEO of Aisoy Robotics.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

José Manuel del Río (Aisoy): I am passionate about computers and technology because my father gave me an MSX computer when I was a child. I spent a lot of hours enjoying the device. I learnt so much doing amazing things like “drawing a line in a green monitor” ;-). I became a computer engineer as a result, specialized in artificial intelligence (maybe also because of science fiction literature and movies). I would like to give children a similarly amazing learning experience (updated to nowadays) and I think that the best way is to offer something new and magical. Artificial intelligence and robotics joined together can provide this, only more realistically, tangibly, directly and with “immersion.” Give the power to children to explore and stimulate their creativity. More…

Janina Benz

Ridha Azaiz: “Get your idea checked from different angles”

Ridha Azaiz is one of the CODE_n finalists and the founder of Solarbrush. He started studying at RWTH Aachen University and transferred to Technical University Berlin in order to finish his Master’s in mechanical engineering. His research and development activities have led to many awards, such as the  Clean Tech Media Award and the start up award hy! Berlin

Janina Benz: Congratulations on being one of the 50 CODE_n finalists! Could you tell us about Solarbrush?
Ridha Azaiz: Solarbrush is a robotic cleaning system for solar panels. Cleaning is very important, especially in arid regions, as generators lose up to 35% in efficiency in a single month after a sand storm. The robot has a very lean and efficient drive that attaches to the inclined panels, which distinguishes the Solarbrush robot from others. It is also very light weight and can cross the solar panels, costing just a fraction of what competitors charge. We’re pioneers in the field and were first in shifting the focus from the cleaning and maintenance of photovoltaic (PV) cells in Europe to the sunbelt countries. Where there is lots of sun, PV produces the most output but also suffers from deposits. More…