sTARTUp Pitching 2022 winner LightCode Photonics changes the way robots see us
LightCode Photonics picked up a €200k EstBAN-led syndicate investment from the sTARTUp Pitching 2022 competition. The University of Tartu spin-off, founded in 2020 by four physicists, is on a mission to change how robots see the world. Read from our blog how they are going to do that.
Have you ever looked at a holiday photo snapped with your smartphone and wondered how far the tourist landmark in the background is from your friend at the center of the image? Chances are you have not done so; however, this is exactly the kind of question LightCode Photonics seeks to answer.
So how can LightCode Photonics help robots see better?
“As a result, we can have a 12-pixel image capture a 1500-pixel image of the scene. This means a 15 USD sensor will behave as one costing 1000 USD. So this will solve a big challenge in front of robots.”
According to Heli Valtna, 3D images are one component of making machines understand their surroundings better and thus make smarter decisions. On the other hand, she emphasizes that smarter machines do not take away jobs or fun associated with hobbies. "If someone enjoys mowing the lawn in his backyard with a hand lawn mower on Sunday morning, they can still do it. And there will always be a need for people to train and operate robots."
An excellent example of science-to-business
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