Vypno: First VR Startup at ESA BIC Bavaria

Vypno uses state-of-the-art Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies in combination with Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to create virtual manufacturing environments. Thereby, a digital twin of the manufacturing process is created. Workers can practice any time in the virtual environment and experience an artificial presence of a real workspace. Through task execution in the virtual environment, autonomous systems are trained by using extracted knowledge. Systems and applications developed by Vypno are highly extensible and customisable to address a large set of industrial use cases.

ESA BIC Bavaria Manager Cornelia Gebath (CG) interviews Maximilian Jakasovic (MJ), Managing Director at Vypno.

CG: Please give us a sneak peek of your product and the team behind it.

MJ: Vypno provides immersive solutions towards the implementation of industry 4.0. Our platform enables effective training for human workers and knowledge transfer to autonomous systems. It employs cutting-edge VR/AR technologies in combination with advanced AI algorithms to monitor and analyse critical training parameters and provide recommendations for overall improvement of the training process. Our team has diverse expertise, and years of technical and scientific experience realising conceptually advanced tools and techniques.

CG: What has been your company’s biggest challenge so far?

MJ: We have been developing VR/AR applications for different use cases over the past three years. Since a major benefit of AR/VR is to enable the user to immerse in the content as opposed to the traditional interfaces, designing these interfaces requires a completely new perspective towards the human-computer interaction, and introduces new challenging opportunities. We had been researching and experimenting with various context-sensitive interfaces and multimodal inputs to continuously improve user engagement and task execution efficiency.

CG: Can you explain the three main ingredients of your recipe for success?

MJ: Like other young startups, we continually face new obstacles and challenges. But the most important is to have the right mind set of perseverance and a strong belief in what you do. Furthermore, networking has helped us greatly to get feedback, and identify and refine ideas. Lastly, our team is passionate about our work and has lots of fun to work together.

CG: What do you expect from ESA BIC Bavaria and how do you think the initiative and its network will help you to kick-start your business case?

MJ: Through ESA BIC Bavaria’s network, we will be connected to more potential customers, investors, and strategical partners. We hope to get help in marketing our product.

CG:  How do you think you will benefit from the DLR support?

MJ: DLR has done multiple related projects in cognitive robots for manufacturing. We will learn from these research results. We want to identify a project of mutual interests and collaborate with DLR.

CG: Let’s reach for the stars – what is going to happen in Vypno’s future?

MJ: While continuing the strong collaboration with our partners, we will keep developing and improving our product to meet customer needs. We will bring VR/AR into manufacturing and soon become the key market player.

Did you enjoy this interview with the outstanding startup? Interested people can get into contact with Vypno via mail. Stay tuned for upcoming interviews with ESA BIC Bavaria startups on our AZO Blog.

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