Velocity Robotics took first prize in the Leech Tishman Business Pitch Competition, earning a package of legal, marketing and accounting services from local companies, as well as access to two local investment groups. This is not the first time Velocity — headed by founder Brad Kriel — has taken the top prize in a competition. It also won the mid-Atlantic round of the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup in February, putting it into the international finals for that contest.
Brad Kriel, founder of Velocity Robotics, started the company after running into frustrations while remodeling his home in Pittsburgh. Velocity Robotics works out of the Alloy 26 co-working space at Nova Place.
Velocity Robotics won $3,000 and moves on to the international finals this year. Regional competitions will take place all over the county and internationally…
Six hardware startups pitched their ideas to local investors at the Mid-Atlantic Regional competition at Google’s Pittsburgh office, where companies showed off everything from robotic work carts to pain relief products for pregnant women.
Three of the companies were based in Pittsburgh, long home to a robust robotics scene dating back several decades — hence the nickname “Roboburgh.” One of them, Velocity Robotics, won the $3,000 first place prize and a chance to win a $50,000 grand prize at the Hardware Cup International Finals in April hosted by AlphaLab Gear, a Pittsburgh-based hardware accelerator that created this competition three years ago and has grown it around the globe…
The construction industry is ripe for technology — tools to be connected, tasks for robots, measurements to be remembered by machines, not humans.
But contractors and construction companies balked when Brad Kriel first started pitching his company's connected, robotic miter saw accessory, Autoset.
"The thing that makes the difference is when you show them the numbers," Kriel, founder of Velocity Robotics, said Friday in his company's workshop in the basement storage area of the North Side's Nova Place. "It's really a no-brainer when you see the numbers"...
Pittsburgh, PA: Velocity Robotics is a Pittsburgh Start Up that is celebrating a major Milestone in the development of their “internet of tools”. Velocity’s first product eTape Construction is an App developed by their dynamic team that works in conjunction with eTape16 Bluetooth Tape Measure. The eTape Construction App has officially reached 1,000 downloads and there seems to be no end in sight.
eTape Construction allows someone to not only measure quickly and accurately, but also save the measurements instantly and track them so that an entire team can work with those measurements in real time streamlining the workflow for the entire team.
Velocity Robotics is a Pittsburgh-based startup building a series of interconnected work tools for the construction industry it’s calling the “Internet of Tools”. eTape Construction is Velocity’s first product, and it is available through Google Play and the App Store. On September 28, Velocity’s apps achieved a combined 1,000 downloads, which marks a major milestone for the young company, based in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood.
Velocity Robotics is not stopping there as they continue to develop “Smarter Tools for a Smarter World.” Velocity’s customers are made up of both professional builders, hobby woodworkers, and DIY home remodelers. Learn more about Velocity Robotics’ eTape Construction App, and their newest tool Autoset which Is currently in the development stage, on their website Velocityrobotics.com.