Manufacturing Rocket Pitch for Solutions – January 25, 2017


MassTLC/MassRobotics/MassMEP team under the Advanced
Manufacturing Futures Fund Program
grant, funded by MassDevelopment, held
our second “Manufacturing Rocket Pitch for Solutions” on 25 January 2017 at MassRobotics
in Boston.


goal:  to help robotics, IoT and hardware
start-ups and scale-ups grow and commercialize their products by connecting
them with the local manufacturers and supply chain – turning great ideas into
great products Made in Massachusetts.


Our A-Team Expert Panel with over 100 years of
experience between them was moderated by Peter Russo from MassMEP and included:


Eddie Freitas, Algonquin Industries Inc. / Hi-tech
Metals Inc.


Harald Quintus-Bosz, Cooper Perkins


Steve Graham, Toner/S&E/Modern Mold Plastics


Rich Breault, Lightspeed Manufacturing
Figure 1 Peter Russo
with panelist Eddie Freitas, Harald Quintus-Bosz, Steve Graham and Rich Breault


provided an introduction to the program and each panelist offered tips to
startups about what they should know about manufacturing and offered best
Startup presentations by Mary Ellen Sparrow (Next Shift), Jessy
Cusack (Magurobotics, Daniel Ozick (Computing Exportations), Bryanne Leeming
(Unruly Studios) and Sampriti Bhattacharyya and Ryan Lacy (Hydroswarm) included
discussion on manufacturing challenges.
NextShift Robotics  is a material
handling product that increases the productivity and lowers the cost of
e-commerce order fulfillment and manufacturing processes.  The product contains an integrated
fulfillment and mobile robot system that uses proprietary and intelligent
software to direct robot traffic management while automatically loading and
unloading the totes to the shipping and storage shelving. By sending robots from location to location instead of people, efficiency is
increased and labor is reduced. Plus, NextShift uses your existing facility and
infrastructure, adapting to your changing workflows.
Figure 2 Mary Ellen
points to the roller that has caused some challenges
has designed and developed a first-of-its-kind robotic fishing lure designed to
bring realistic and dependable swimming motion to your dead bait fish.  They are introducing the product Zombait,
which is intended for salt water anglers.
Their patent-pending device has been engineered to fit easily inside the
bait of your choice and activate when submerged in water.  http://www.magurobotics.com/  www.zombait.com
Figure 3 Jessy
Cusack discusses his challenge of needing a water tight product
Computing Explorations, LLC began as the collaboration of a
small group of engineers, educators, and artists who believe that learning is
fundamentally a creative process.  While
the organization has evolved, Computing Explorations continues to represent Daniel
Ozick’s expertise in software, embedded systems, robotics, and educational
technology, as well as his development of new products. http://www.computingexplorations.com  https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielozick
Zoot™ is a low-cost, wireless, electronic wind instrument
that allows anyone to play high-quality synthetic sounds, such as clarinet,
saxophone, or trumpet, with full musical expression.  Like a real wind instrument, Zoot responds to
the subtleties of breath, while adding the option of motion gestures and other
To minimize costs and maximize flexibility, Zoot uses a
smartphone or laptop for sound production and instrument setup and
customization.  With standard recorder
fingering by default, Zoot provides an ideal next step for those who play
recorder, both children and adults.
Figure 4 Daniel
Ozick shows his prototype to the panel
5  Rich Breault inspects the prototype
Unruly Studios (formerly JumpSmart, Inc.) builds products that combine physical activity with STEM education to exposechildren ages 6-12 to coding in a fun, engaging, and memorable way.

Unruly Tiles (patent pending), is a gaming system
comprised of four interactive floor tiles that light up, make sound, and sense
when they are stepped on. Children ages 6-12 can play active games, music,
light shows, and dance games on their feet by running to and jumping on the
tiles spread across a room. They can also create their own programs for
the tiles using a kid-friendly programming language (Scratch) from a
wireless device.    https://www.instagram.com/jumpsmartllc/

Figure 6  Bryanne Leeming and Daniel Ozick show off
their tile prototype to the panel
is the first underwater intelligent micro- drone platform. They use small
patented drones to make subsea data collection faster, cheaper, safer, and
easier. These swarms of small autonomous drones replace expensive processes
that are currently done with large ships and complex robots. They use an integrated platform of patented
scalable hardware, software, and data to save our customers money and explore
the ocean.
7  Sampriti explains the challenges of
submerging to 250 meters
There was informative and productive discussion between all
startups and manufacturers.  A special
thanks to Peter Russo from MassMEP and our expert panel for their donated time and


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