Asia Hardware Battle India City Pitch was successfully held with the collaboration of TechNode and RevvX Hardware/AI Accelerator, on September 20, 2019, at KStart, Park Square Mall, ITPB, Whitefield, Bangalore. There were 11 Indian hardware startups competing to represent India in the AHB Grand Finals. They were judged based on the following six categories: innovation, function, business value, sustainable development, technical breakthrough, and design.
After a series of stringent evaluations and step-by-step screening by several prominent judges, Nemo Care wellness and Lazy Co. came on top and won the AHB India pitching competition. They will also be representing India to compete against other regional AHB winners at the 2019 AHB Grand Finals in Shanghai at the end of this October.
Winner: NemoCare Wellness
Winner: Lazy Co.
Lazy Co. develops an AI-powered smart ring called Aina, which connects with your phone via Bluetooth 5 and serves as a remote for your phone. Aina has a display that shows you the right shortcut at the right time and gives you the easiest way to control the shortcut. For example, you wake up at 7 am in the morning and find a shortcut to switch on your coffee machine, swipe up on the ring and the coffee machine starts brewing coffee. Similarly, while you are having breakfast, you will find a shortcut to book a cab to your office, swipe up and the cab is booked. Aina acts as an input/output interface, using the phone as a remote processor which makes it seem as powerful as the phone.
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The judging panel:
Avinash Kaushik: Founder, RevvX Hardware/AI Accelerator
Manoj Agarwal & Mayuresh Raut: Managing Partner, SEA Fund
Parag Agarwal: Head of Products, Samsung
Sumeed Ahmed: Senior Director, Capgemini
Aziz Jiwani: EIR, RevvX Hardware/AI Accelerator
Adam Walker: Growth Associate, Montane Ventures
The participating startups:
1.Entra mechatronics：“Rizentra”，the world’s first fully-automated rice cooker, with a 3-in-1 concept: storage, measurement, washing & cooking
2.Rudra Labs: Smart Hardware Plugins (SHPs), designed to support different connectivity protocols, from wifi to new connectivity technologies, specifically NB-IoT.
3.Astrek Innovations offers a wearable robotic device, an exoskeleton, that helps people with lower-limb immobility walk again.
4.Fractal works manufactures equipment with 3D printers that produce production-class patterns, trains and establishes an ecosystem of software and posts finishing equipment inside the foundry.
5.Ping Pong Robotics produces a table tennis robot that can be controlled by a mobile app and is useful for table tennis players and coaches.
6.IndigoFish Eco Farms delivers source traceable, safe & ready-to-cook fish without cold-chain.
7.Lazy Co. makes “Aina”, an AI-powered smart ring that connects with your phone.
8.Newt Bikes makes bicycle riding effortless and enjoyable for young urban short commuters.
9.NemoCare wellness: develops a wearable on the newborn that continuously monitors the necessary vital parameters used to detect apnea, hypothermia, and other distress conditions.
10.Vicara Tech: “KAI”, a wearable gesture recognition platform that allows you to interact with your computers, hardware, software applications, and others, using gestures.
11.Euphotic Labs builds a robot to automate food preparations at restaurants.
Asia Hardware Battle will be traveling to Singapore, for the next city pitch on Oct 1, 2019. Stay tuned for more updates!