Every year, the real unspoken highlight of re: Mars is the dozens of startups և researchers who showcase their products on the exhibition platform. There are always some interesting projects that have somehow managed to escape our radar so far. Airrow in Los Angeles jumped out with a smart product offer.
The startup is developing a device designed to automatically remove or replace drone batteries and cargo. It works like a CNC machine or 3D printer that moves along the X և Y axes to retrieve the battery from the charger to the drone.
The process is currently mechanical, requiring a person to replace և replace. This is only occasionally inconvenient, but can be a big hassle when you grow up with, say, drone-based food delivery programs.
The system is still in its very early stages. The team demonstrated the exchange of batteries during the event, and is currently working on the process of expanding cargo. The exchange currently takes two minutes to complete, but Airrow is trying to get it to about 30 seconds. Something for a small team at the moment, which currently consists of five employees. Increasing the number of employees is a big part of the company’s plans, as it wants to upgrade to its next phase, adding to the initial $ 350,000 raised so far.
In addition to shipping applications, the main potential customer here is military use. After all, they need drones, they have deep pockets when it comes to investing in technology. Founder-CEO Menachem Fehler tells me that the company has so far been in talks with Navy SEALs about a potential deployment that could help keep drones in the air at all times. Eyron has spoken to numerous law enforcement agencies.
The solution is not cheap. The startup is currently considering a price tag of $ 80,000-100,000 for a package that includes drones.
“At this stage we are still looking for the best approach, but we want to find a final solution,” Fehler told TechCrunch. The company will also adapt the system to work with various drones to meet the special needs of the customer.