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…
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"...
Velocity Robotics is improving construction speed, quality, and cost with the Internet of Tools: connected robotic power tools and accessories to improve speed, quality, and cost in construction.
“Estamos construyendo un conjunto completo de productos basados en tecnología para mejorar la productividad para la industria de la construcción, no solo aquí en los EE. UU., sino también a nivel internacional”, afirma el CEO de Velocity Robotics, Brad Kriel.
Los desarrolladores también prometen a los usuarios que solo tardarán cinco minutos en aprender a usar AutoSet.
The Hardware Cup AlphaLab Gear is a pitch competition for early-stage hardware startups, and Brad is one of six US regional winners. Velocity Robotics won $50,000 grand prize.
On this week’s show, Brad tells Scot MacTaggart about Autoset, a tool made by Velocity Robotics to make miter saw work more efficient. The two also spend time discussing how a return-on-investment (ROI) pitch gets made, and how Shark Tank can be bad for the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
“Measure twice, cut once.” So goes the old construction adage. But most laborers in the field are still taking measurements by hand and then walking them over to the miter saw bench.
Autoset by Velocity Robotics – works by receiving measurements from a Bluetooth-connected tape measure.
Velocity Robotics officials said Autoset's accuracy is to one-sixty-fourth of an inch but added that the firm is working on a potential upgrade to increase accuracy to one-one-thousandth of an inch.
Construction Dive Insight:
The Autoset accessory is just the latest construction industry robotics play with the potential to increase productivity in the field.
For example, in October, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a collaboration between the CEO of a Pennsylvania construction company and a robotics researcher had resulted in a robotic arm that can tie bridge deck rebar.
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…
Since moving to Pittsburgh in 2007 with his wife, Brad Kriel, the owner of Velocity Robotics has completely remodeled his 1930s-era home. So he understands construction equipment and the headache that comes along with it.
That’s why he created Velocity Robotics, a North Side-based startup that builds smart tape measures and smart miter saws to make more accurate cuts.
Velocity Robotics won the Hardware Cup Mid-Atlantic Regional, receiving $3,000 cash and a free 1-year Solidworks license for computer-aided design and engineering.
Autoset is unique because it has a really good price point, it’s portable and easy to set up and take down, and it improves productivity.
AutoSet is an automated miter saw fence. As a part of the Internet of Tools, AutoSet integrates with a mobile app to streamline your workflow whether you're building a skyscraper, making a bookshelf, or anything in between.
Clock Shadow a boutique studio crafting feature documentary, narrative short, and branded content films made a video presentation of AutoSet.
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.