At the annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference, an event called Battlefield pits startups against each other to showcase their offerings. A total of 14 startups participated in this year’s Battlefield, but only one could emerge victoriously. After two days of competition and presentations to multiple judging panels, Scaled Robotics took first place.
The innovative startup creates 3D progress maps for construction sites that increase worker safety and make the lives of engineers easier. Scaled Robotics won not only the Disrupt Cup but also a $50,000 check. More importantly, it had a chance to showcase its offerings to a host of venture capitalists (VCs) and tech industry leaders.
What is Scaled Robotics?
Busy construction sites are notorious for leading to on-the-job injuries. They are also a hotbed for engineering mistakes that can cost millions of dollars and delay projects by months. To help solve these problems, Scaled Robotics has created a system that keeps an autonomous watch over construction sites.
The startup has created a robot that navigates these mazes and produces 3D progress maps along the way. These can be digitized in as little as a few minutes and are extremely precise. They can detect if a beam is misplaced by a centimeter.
Scaled Robotics’ system accomplishes this by using a 360-degree camera array and lidar. The robot can differentiate between completed portions of a building, temporary structures like stairs and scaffolding, and raw materials. From this point, engineers are able to compare the newly mapped 3D model to the original CAD model created prior to the start of construction.
A computer vision algorithm helps spot differences between the two. The program is also able to highlight obstructions and identify potential delays to construction. This gives supervisors and engineers a chance to get ahead of problems early to help offset their negative impact.
How Did Scaled Robotics Win Battlefield?
Since its inception, TechCrunch Disrupt’s Battlefield event has played host to more than 850 hopeful startups. Distributed among those companies, nearly $9 billion has been raised to fund innovation within the tech world.
It’s safe to say that winning Battlefield is a life-changing turn of events. Scaled Robotics will join a prestigious list of startups that have taken home the top prize. Some of these companies include Mint, Yammer, Getaround, Pi, and more.
At the Disrupt event in Berlin, Scaled Robotics presented its technology in front of a panel of five judges. These ranged from VCs to editors to tech leaders. The other finalists included Gmelius, Hawa Dawa, Inovat, and Stable.
The latter eventually became the runner up in the competition. Stable offers a flexible insurance plan for farmers to protect them from the current volatility in the food market. With the startup’s offerings, food buyers of all sizes can insure agricultural commodities, packaging, and energy products.
Ultimately, Scaled Robotics took first place thanks to its innovative solution for construction. However, all of the competing startups have something significant to offer and deserve a tremendous amount of respect. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them making waves in the tech world in the years to come.