Meet Sam Van Essen, he is currently doing his diploma in Mechatronics and Robotics at British Columbia Institute of Technology. His areas of expertise include Programming, Electronics, Electrical, and Mechanical. Sam Van Essen has recently joined our team as a Mechatronics Technician.
As a student, Sam Van Essen has gained abundant knowledge and practical skills in designing and operating mechatronic systems. He also worked as a laborer in manufacturing settings; during this time, he found a particular interest in manufacturing and automation which lead him to Eleos Robotics.
He enjoys the atmosphere at Eleos, his tasks are very diverse which he sees it as an opportunity to gain more knowledge and enhance the skills required for this field. We are very excited to have him with us, welcome to the team!
As mentioned in our previous blog, Eleos Robotics was planning to go public, today those plans are becoming a reality. Instead of becoming public through a traditional initial public offer (IPO), the company has decided to become public through a reverse takeover (RTO). Unlike an IPO, an RTO requires a public listed (shell) company to acquire Eleos Robotics, as well as the owner of Eleos Robotics to buy the majority shares of that publicly traded company.
After many discussions between shareholders and stakeholders, Eleos Robotics would like to announce that the company will be acquired by Glenbriar Technologies Inc. subject to GTI AGM and CSE approval. Glenbriar’s common shares are currently listed under the Canadian Securities Exchange, trading symbol GTI.
There are certain development milestones the company must meet before the transaction is completed; these milestones may take up to a year to achieve. A shareholder meeting will soon be taking place to obtain shareholder approval of the transaction and its requirements. The transaction will follow the policies from the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE). It is estimated that Eleos Robotics will be able to raise up to $1,500,000 in this private placement. Around half of the funds have already been subscribed.
This is a huge step forward for Eleos Robotics. Everybody in the team is excited about the future of the company. The team is currently working hard on bringing RoboWeeder to its full potential. There have been more software upgrades made to our RoboWeeder prototype. More posts about current upgrades will be coming soon. Check our website and Tumblr account for more news to come!
Eleos Robotics have been experiencing enormous growth, as mentioned in our previous blog, the company has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Glenbriar Technologies Inc. subject to GTI AGM and CSE approval. This implies higher productivity and accelerated growth is expected from Eleos. To ensure RoboWeeder becomes the global standard for agri-tech, Eleos Robotics has been hiring people with years of multi-disciplinary expertise. We would like you to meet them:
Dr. Charles Foell lll, Data Scientist
Dr. Foell has many areas of expertise, these include Physics, Optic, Computer Vision, Machine Vision, and Data Science.
He obtained a Ph.D. in Optical Physics from the University of British Columbia, his Ph.D. research focused on the “integration and modeling of nano meter-sized single photon emitters (colloidal quantum dots) in silicon photonic circuits for integrated quantum optics”.
Dr. Foell has been working in the industry since 2013, since then he has gained abundant knowledge and experience in computer vision, machine vision, software, data science, data analysis, and data engineering.
Agricultural Technology (Agri Tech) is an industry that caught his attention for a long time, he considered all the practical and ethical benefits that this industry could bring to people. When he heard about Eleos Robotics, he was immediately interested and decided to contact Eleos Robotics’ CEO.
Although he already had a great interest in the industry and the company, Dr. Foell decided to join the team because of the “mission and promise of pesticide-free farming”. He also valued the talented people working for Eleos and thought he could bring great value to the company.
Iain Kay, Software Developer
Mr. Kay has four years of experience doing disaster control in many fields. He is currently working as a software developer at Eleos. His areas of expertise include App Development, Web Crawling, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, and Big Data Processing.
He feels working with Eleos Robotics will give him the opportunity to work on automation involving ROS. Mr. Kay has a particular interest working in autonomous navigation which is an area he would like to explore in-depth and one of the reasons he decided to join the team.
As of right now, Mr. Kay would like to build “a functional autonomous robot stack implementing cutting edge open source Google technologies with our own computer vision model and navigation components”.
Simran Saggu, Software Developer
Mr. Saggu is currently working for Eleos Robotics as a software developer. He has been working in the industry for a couple of years. He considers himself to be a good problem solver as he feels he has “a knack for it”. Mr. Saggu’s interest in robots led him to join the team, one of his goals is to give life to many of them.
He feels building robots is a very complex process and one of the problems he wants to be good at solving. He believes he will be able to develop his skills further and expand his knowledge of robots by working for Eleos Robotics.
This year #BCTECHSummit took place at Vancouver Convention Centre from March 11 to March 13, 2019. This is the largest annual innovation conference in all Western Canada. Many businesses had the opportunity to showcase their latest innovations. Like Eleos Robotics, these companies aim to solve today’s worldwide challenges.
This conference offered Eleos Robotics the opportunity to showcase its current RoboWeeder prototype to many industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, government officials, and students. Eleos is currently working with four UFV engineering students and two professors on enhancing RoboWeeder’s electrical system and robotic arm modeling software.
Although #BCTECHSummit had the top emerging tech talent on display, RoboWeeder’s technology was able to attract many people as it can distinguish different types of weeds with the use of a camera and image recognition. RoboWeeder targets the weeds’ reproductive tissue and destroys them by radiating direct energy that heats them up dielectrically. Although there are many concerns regarding the labour shortage in the agricultural industry, RoboWeeder was able to show how its autonomy will alleviate the upcoming labour crisis in this sector.
Moreover, as the demand for ethically sourced products and sustainability practices increase, more companies will want to become eco-friendlier. This is why RoboWeeder is a great investment; it allows organizations to go fully organic while also earning a profit. RoboWeeder’s technology makes herbicides obsolete and takes care of a 10-acre area for an entire growing season! It helps growers save time and money while also helping them achieve production and sustainability goals.
Eleos Robotics is happy to announce that the company is going public. More details about this event will be released shortly so stay tuned! Thank you to everyone who came to visit our booth, we had a blast! Eleos would also like to thank the Government of British Columbia and Innovate BC for delivering such an amazing event. See you next year!
From January 24 to January 26, 2019, Eleos Robotics showcased its latest Culture Bot prototype, now called RoboWeeder, at the Pacific Agricultural Show. This trade show aimed to demonstrate the most innovative technology available for the agricultural industry. It took place in Abbotsford at the Tradex Exhibition Centre, where Eleos Robotics had to compete with over 300 other exhibitors. Yet, RoboWeeder gained the attraction of many growers due to its initiative on making weeding more efficient for growers.
Although many great improvements have been made in the agricultural industry, not many companies had focused on weeding, which is one of the most laborious and expensive aspects of growing products such as grapes or berries. Weeding can be time-consuming, expensive, and cause many operational headaches. Additionally, current solutions to weeding are not sustainable, herbicides are not effective in the long-run as weeds become more resistant to them over time.
Moreover, global trends in the agricultural sector show that fewer people want to work in this sector, causing a big labour shortage in the future. This is why RoboWeeder represents a great solution for growers who are concerned with the coming labour crisis, production efficiency, and sustainability. RoboWeeder is fully automated and organic. Its technology makes herbicides obsolete, it also allows growers to save money and time, as RoboWeeder takes care of a 10-acre area for the entire growing season unmanned and without supervision. This eliminates the operational headaches and reduces the labour expenses while allowing growers to become fully eco-friendly.
Eleos’ vision and technology gained the attention of many growers. This event has helped Eleos take another step closer to success. Eleos Robotics would like to thank the Tradex for hosting such an amazing event. We are very proud to be part of this amazing community.