angsa robotics: removing small trash, reinvented

Building a smart cigarette cleaning robot in 2 weeks

how angsa robotics came to be

One of the many reasons I decided to go to study abroad is to learn how the big startups work (and I was really lucky to get a part-time opportunity at FlixBus), and also how creative minds solve problems and may be involved in building another startup.

That’s why when I heard about Think.Make.Start I instantly want to participate in the course (yes, this is an awesome university course that I highly recommend everyone to do). The course itself is giving you lots of freedom. You’re supposed to come up with problem(s), gather like-minded minds and build a working prototype in 2 weeks. And sometimes the idea and/or the prototype will be developed further into a viable business.

We often heard that the early stage of startups contains several key persons: the hipster, the hustler, and the hacker. But to be honest, this time I kinda want to position myself as the observer/supporter. That’s why instead of actively finding problems and looking for potential teammates, I just wander around asking other people and try to dig deeper into their problems, concepts, and methodologies. I observed some common topics occurring: healthcare/related tech (I mean, it’s happening all over the globe right now), education tech, and sustainability tech. I was into the healthcare and sustainability tech and decided to focus on the individual/potential team exploring those ideas.

Some of the ideas struck me as awesome, some individuals impressed me with their vast knowledge and skills but somehow none of those blends well together in my limited opinion/observation. But since the team-seeking-building process has a time limit, I aligned myself with some individuals with the most interesting problems in the sustainability aspect. Luckily those people also end up making a team together.

After that we do the usual idea building journey:

Fun fact: Angsa is an Indonesian word for swan since our prototype was somehow resembling swan so we decided to use angsa as the name instead of c̶i̶g̶a̶r̶e̶t̶b̶u̶t̶t̶s̶u̶c̶k̶e̶r̶3̶0̶0̶0̶.

I totally have no idea why we’re holding start award

After Think.Make.Start we discuss briefly on the future of the prototype. Karl and Lukas are strongly interested and want to approach this as a full business idea, while the others (me, Daniel & Denim) even though interested as well can’t really put our full-time effort on this product.

Since I do have my other activities like academic courses, work at FlixBus and Medigo Indonesia I couldn’t help that much in the 2nd prototype iteration. In this iteration, we try to improve processing power by using Nvidia Jetson for trash detection. We also start to create a neural network by collecting the input data, labeling it and creating a model to detect trashes. This is the preview of the 2nd prototype presented in the Green Challenge event in Denmark. Even though we didn’t win, we get some support and even some pilot offers.

Now, Angsa is under continuous technical/business development and I do have high hopes for the future of this product. Aside from the noble goal of making a sustainable future, this will also show the possibility of integrating artificial intelligence/computer vision further into our daily life. If you’re interested, want to contribute, or have some interesting offer feel free the check website below ;)

Cheers!

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