I have had a few openings to see Skygauge’s monotones in-person, primarily on visits to Asia. The Canadian unit is involved in HAX’s program and has invested age working out of their Shenzhen bureaux. In fact, they played at our last hardware battlefield in the city belatedly last year.
To a person, everyone I’ve spoken with seems excited by the company’s tiltable rotor technology, which allows the massive industrial monotones to maneuver in ways traditionally bred quadcopters can’t. I have little doubt the startup has had no trouble get the attention of the members of fellowships looking for an edge in the hum room, and like so many other robotics and robotics/ monotone/ automation firms, it’s gotten a jolly substantial increase in interest due to COVID-1 9.
Today the startup announced that it has opened pre-orders on its drones, with plans to launch in 2021 — it’s not disclosing pricing, but interested parties can plunk down a refundable $1,000 accumulation. The firm has already lined up “1 00 potential clients, ” along with meant demos for 10 Fortune 500 firms. The pandemic, meanwhile, please open increased potential for these sorts of automated industrial inspection devices. The company memorandum a recent temporary FAA exemption for additional drone-based inspections of oil and gas places in Texas, as craftsmen are expected to stay home.
“Our goal is to get parties out of dangerous environments and the need for this has never been greater because of COVID-1 9, ” co-founder and CEO Nikita Iliushkin says in a statement.
Skygauge apparently maxed out its early adopter program during the pandemic. I’ll be curious to see if the company’s success eventually lies in producing its own dronings or licensing its superb technology to third-parties. Meantime, it has raised $400,000 in pre-seed funding, with plans to raise more.
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