Dyno Robotics is the Linköping startup that puts robots both among tourists as well as in large industries. Last year they participated in IndX and were one of the lucky startups that got to realise their project. And just before the summer they finished their Proof of Concept-project about Automatic Route Planning along with Saab.
If you are a Linköping local you might have met the social robot Folke Filbot by the popular excursion site Berg locks (Bergs slussar). Folke is one out of many creations from Dyno Robotics but it is quite different from the project they have been doing along with Saab.
– But that is also what is exciting about the field we’re in. There are so many different applications, says Jeff Pertot who is Chief Design Officer at Dyno Robotics.
Dyno Robotics is a small startup company with a team of four led by their CEO Fredrik Löfgren, who is a well known name in the area of modern robotics. The company has been around for the last three years and they specialize in robotics and the surrounding areas, such as computer vision and natural language processing. Up until now they have mostly worked as consultants but are planning to start prototyping their first own products during this fall.
An arena for innovation
When last year’s call out from IndX came along Jeff and his colleagues were instantly intrigued.
– The idea behind IndX was very appealing to us. To combine small companies who have technical expertise with experienced larger companies. IndX itself radiates innovation, creativity and cutting edge experimenting- of course we wanted to be a part of that!
So the team applied and ended up among the ten companies that got to pitch to the IndX partner companies, Saab, Väderstad, Toyota Material Handling and Siemens Energy. After the pitches the startups generated ideas along with employees from the partner companies on how the solutions and technology from the startups could be applied. One idea per startup was chosen and at the final event of the process, startups and partner companies workshopped together to conceptualize and refine the ideas. And out of the ten conceptualized ideas, five were chosen to be realized, and Dyno Robotics were amongst them.
– The IndX process gets a big thumbs up from us. We found it really interesting to network with the other companies and learn about the ideas of the other startups. The process gave us a better understanding of the partner companies and their needs. To be able to bounce our ideas directly with the partner companies was extremely valuable for us, says Jeff.
Automatic route planning
As mentioned in the introduction, Dyno Robotics, got to realize their Proof of Concept- project along with Saab as a part of IndX. In the project they wanted to explore if Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) could improve route planning and make it automatic.
– You can come quite far by using classic optimization techniques. But what we and Saab wanted to try here was if AI and ML could take us even further.
The project has been successful and Dyno Robotics presented a promising result just before the summer.
– The collaboration with Saab has been great, they are a wonderful partner to work with. They have been very interested and invested in the project and we have gotten the chance to meet with several experts within the area which has led to really rewarding discussions and further development.
If the collaboration will continue is not yet decided but Jeff is hopeful.
– There are definitely several ways we can go forward with this project and create even more value.