AKVI – robot can paint your wall

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Robotics and automation is an emerging field among entrepreneurs….
New startups are evolving in this field.

AKVI is a startup by the students of Indian Institute of Technology,Kanpur and Indian School of Mines,Dhanbad.

Today, people are interested in good quality, cost effective products that require minimum of effort and time to work with. Research shows that the world is moving more and more towards automation. In agreement to this, more and more appliances in our homes are becoming smart, such as automatic washing machines, smart TV, etc. Extrapolating the above phenomenon, it has been predicted that the autonomous appliances (including personal robots) will play a big role in the future.

AKVI is a startup with a view to start an autonomous appliances industry, bringing some innovative and useful products to the market.

Concept:

In today’s world, painting the walls is certainly a time consuming and messy job to do. The required skilled labor is expensive, especially in the urban areas. Moreover, most of the times the owners are not satisfied with the work done by the masons (work done is of inferior quality). Also, some areas such as the outer wall of a high rise building are too risky for the labor to work on.

With many new residential areas coming up in tier-1 and tier-2 cities, there is already a lot of work to do in building up the whole area. With autonomous painting, there can be a huge reduction in the time to market flats, and wastage of paint can be reduced.

The current competition they face is from the manual wall painters. Their product has a low maintenance cost, thus providing long-term monetary benefits to the customers. Also, their product will provide a better finished paint job with lower paint wastage. It will increase the aesthetic value of the building and hence will affect the prices of the flat or offices positively.

“Our product has a high initial cost (due to high product manufacturing and R&D costs) compared to the manual wall painters. Hence, it’s a challenge for us to find customers willing and capable to pay the cost.”

say the founders.

The product requires knowledge of Mechatronics. Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, computer engineering, software engineering, control engineering, and systems design engineering in order to design the product. The team members are from mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering.

The initial source of funding is founders themselves…

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Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

One Comment

  1. R srinivasan says:

    Can I know more details of the product – preferably a video?

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