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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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Netbeast from Germany

netbeast_logoNetbeast – one of our Connected Mobility Mobility finalists of our CODE_n CONTEST – developed an open source platform that connects devices of any brand or technology and can add support for new devices through community collaboration. The startup, based in Munich, allows developers to create IoT apps for smart devices without having to worry about compatibility issues. Jon Senra Dearle, CEO and Co-Founder told us more about his company:

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

Jon: Netbeast is a software platform that allows smart home devices to communicate with each other regardless of their brand or technology. Netbeast makes homes help people to focus what really matters.

The Co-founders know each other from University. In the last year of their career they thought about creating a smart hub which allows any device to connect to it and then all devices could communicate with each other. We started our research in the smart home field and realized that there were a lot of smart home solutions – yet none of them was smart enough. Smart devices can not communicate to each other at all, which makes them island solutions. So we decided to create a software solution that could be installed anywhere and allows devices to be smarter than they naturally are.

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

Jon: Currently, there are a lot of smart home products, but they can not communicate with each other, even they are smart as well. This is due to the fact that the devices are from different brands or they use different protocols to communicate like wifi or Bluetooth.

There are some solutions on the market at the moment however they are closed environments. Devices can only communicate with each other if they belong to certain brands. So let’s say I want to include another smart device to that environment: I can never be sure if that is going to work, because I wouldn’t know exactly which device I had to buy. Customers can only buy certain brands, if they wanted to make it work and not any brand, meaning you couldn’t always get what you wanted. We’re changing that: from now on, customers can turn their homes into a smart one with any device. You don’t have to think about this anymore.
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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | Lhings (Spain) – Having a positive impact on people’s lifes through IoT

Lhings quadratOur Digitial Life finalist Lhings from Spain has developed an innovative IoT cloud platform for end-users who can start using its services simply by creating a free account. Therefore, the platform allows people to interact with devices and with them, offer services to others. We talked to Agustin Navarro, CEO of Lhings, about his startup.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Agustin Navarro (Lhings): The core of our team are researchers who were involved in connectivity for medical laboratories years ago. Having the know-how and expertise, we realized it could be applied to anything with innumerable applications in our everyday life. Our vision, the passion for this idea and also the possibility of providing people with a positive impact on their lives through our technology were enough motivation to start the company.

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

Agustin Navarro (Lhings): The objective of Lhings is to provide consumers with a tool to enjoy the services and benefits provided by IoT technology, and at the same time provide a tool for service providers, integrators, corporations and even individuals, to render those services. More…

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Finalist | Carriots (Spain) – Enabling truly smart cities

carriots quadratOur Smart Cities Finalist “Carriots” from Spain is a Platform-as-a-Service designed for Internet of Things and Machine to Machine projects. Carriots allows to collect data from connected objects, store the data and easily build powerful applications. We talked to Alvaro Everlet, CTO of Carriots, about his company and the solution they are going to present at CeBIT.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Alvaro Everlet (Carriots): Carriots as a platform and company comes from the team’s experience in the M2M and IoT sector. From the experience acquired in successful projects in the preceding years we understood the foundations of IoT projects and where we could add value.
We are a middleware and in such a position we are able to see and understand what happens on the other ends of each IoT project: the “things” and the data consumption. There are gaps to fill and value to add to the stack. We want to carry IoT solutions: CarrIoTs!

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

Alvaro Everlet (Carriots): The Carriots platform is designed for developers and system integrators, for those who get their hands dirty doing IoT projects. At CODE_n15 we are presenting another kind of product: Carriots CityLife. This product is completely focused on Smart Cities and therefore has another target: local governments or companies looking for a solution ready to use.
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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…

Isabel Alexandre

The Google Maps for the brain – Meet CODE_n finalist Mint Labs

Paulo Rodrigues

Paulo Rodrigues is the CEO of Mint Labs

Mint Labs is a startup from Barcelona that uses Big Data to help doctors provide a better diagnostic and treatment for patients with brain diseases, creating complex 3D maps. They are one of the 50 CODE_n finalists that will be on March at the CeBIT talking about their visualization and image manipulation platform.

In today’s interview we talk to their CEO, Paulo Rodrigues, about Mint Labs’ trajectory and its intersection between Big Data and science.

How and when was Mint Labs created?

We have been working together for more than 7 years. We met in the Netherlands, where we were doing our PhDs in neuroimaging. We were developing our new brain analysis algorithms with a software program, with the goal of providing it to our medical collaborators. But we realized that there was an important gap. The tools were too complex, with complicated interfaces, and high computational needs.

That was the beginning of Mint Labs. We then moved to Barcelona in 2011, working in important research institutions, and we started shaping the business idea and the business plan. We entered the Wayra academy in 2013, when Mint Labs officially started.

Could you briefly explain your project to us? 

We build Google Maps for the brain. We use advanced MRI technology capable of capturing microstructural properties of the brain tissue to provide detailed 3D maps of the brain. Our tools evaluate the structural condition of the nerve fibers affected by a given neurodegenerative disease (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, among others). And all of this is provided in our brain imaging analysis platform on the cloud.

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Janina Benz

PATXI ECHEVESTE: “This community will be our little treasure”

Patxi Echeveste - Founder of Wattio

Patxi Echeveste – Founder of Wattio

Patxi Echeveste, founder of Wattio, is a serial entrepreneur in the fields of green energy and energy efficiency. He believes that generating green energy is less interesting than conserving it, because the greenest energy is the one that is not used. He launched his first company, a solar company, at the age of 25, right after completing a masters in Economics Engineering. Now aged 33, his second company is aimed at turning normal houses into SmartHomes with Wattio, a powerful, flexible and cost-effective solution.

Janina Benz:What makes Wattio different than other smart home systems?

Patxi Echeveste: Wattio brings you a complete solution for saving energy and managing your home in a smarter way: we master software, firmware, and hardware to make your life greener and easier. It is extremely easy, secure, flexible, scalable, open, cost effective, and cool.

JB: What’s been your biggest challenge so far?

PE: This project has taken four years of hard R&D work in order to bring a complete solution for SmartHomes to you all. But, honestly, the big challenge now is to place it in the market, and to catch the attention of the media!

JB: You’ve just launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. Why did you decide to raise money through a crowdfunding platform?

PE: We wanted to recruit a unique user base. This community will be our little treasure and we want to grow with it. We will take care of their problems and love their feedback. You know, taking care of the environment and the people we love is a big task—that’s why we need this community. Of course, supporters will get great benefits.

JB: What do you plan to do with the money that you raise?

PE: The more you support us, the more products and solutions we can offer you. Apart from the electricity and comfort system, we will offer solutions in the security and health fields as well. And of course, the platform will be continuously improving and growing.

JB: Aside from contributing, how else can people get involved?

PE: Ask folks to spread the word and make some noise about our campaign! Use the Indiegogo sharing tools, get one of our running t-shirts. We will be always grateful.

JB: Thanks, and good luck!

Editor’s Note: We’ll be featuring some of our finalists on the blog in the weeks leading up to and after CeBIT, but their participation has no bearing on the contest results