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UMA – talking hardware

“I love to make things that interact with the physical world. It’s great to see robots moving around and acting in real environment through a piece of code that actually exists only in a virtual world.”

 

In todays TALKING HARDWARE episode, we are featuring UMA, who are working on last mile delivery robots.

I am happy that Suchit Sharma, had the time to answer our questions. 

Have fun reading and leave a comment if you have feedback or questions.

Give us your 30 seconds elevator pitch. What is it that you are working on? And who are the masterminds behind your company?

We make sustainable last mile delivery robots. Imagine receiving your parcel with a click on your mobile phone app at 11 pm in the night while you are sitting at your friends place.

Design by Eitan Rieger
Why did you decide to start working on a hardware idea?

I am always annoyed by the inefficiencies in last mile delivery services. As a robotics engineer, I decided to use my skills to fix it. Why hardware? I love to make things that interact with the physical world. It’s great to see robots moving around and acting in real environment through a piece of code that actually exists only in a virtual world.

Why did you choose the city of Berlin to found a company? Do you think the city has an impact of how successful your project will be?

Berlin has an entrepreneurial spirit and it is more open to new thoughts. Futuristic and crazy idea like ours needs this openness.

If you could have one additional skill in your team, who would get it, what would it be and why?

A courageous visionary business developer.

What do you want to achieve with your startup?

Bring robots to everyday life.

Credits: vehicle prototyping and design by Eitan Rieger

What was your biggest fuck up during your startup career?

Making compromises in choices. Don’t choose things that do not fit you, just because there is no other option. You will never find a perfect fit but your choice has to satisfy a certain high threshold.

Which is the part of running a startup, that scares you the most and which is most fun?

I love to build robots and new technology, I like it and I can do it all day! I am not scared of anything, there is nothing much to lose here.

Why are you at MotionLab.Berlin?

This project started at MotionLab.Berlin. For me it is the most inspiring place for technologists in Berlin. It’s full of people with crazy ideas and brilliant talents. There is always something new happening. This place is right blend of technology, inspiration, creation and fun.

What is your favorite song, that motivates you and brings you through a tough working day?
What is the current status quo of your project?

We have built two mobile robot platforms that can do indoor, outdoor (in-campus) autonomous navigation with person following. Our goal is to bring our robots to street for autonomous delivery, which we will do by next year. In the meantime we are trying to sell our current technology to indoor and in-campus outdoor use-cases. We have already generated interests of several companies.

Credits: vehicle prototyping and design by Eitan Rieger

Are you currently looking for something specific? Investors, specific knowledge or positions?

Yes, we are looking for customers and partners for our current technology. We are also open for pre-seed/seed investments.

If someone invested 1 million euro in your startup tomorrow, what would you use the money for?

To grow our technical as well as business development team to bring the delivery robot on the streets next year.

Anything else?

Check out our cool robots in action 

 

Credits: vehicle prototyping and design by Eitan Rieger

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