Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Force Servo (Force Servo)
Reporting period: 2017-01-01 to 2017-06-30
My Research, a Lithuanian SME, developed a new type of a servo drive for remotely controlled devices to expand and improve servo drive application capabilities. The solution is called Force Servo – an innovative servo drive, which value of the force is proportional to control signal and does not depend on the position of the arm, while the force is controlled with a force sensor. Unique patented design of Force Servo is more powerful, compact and energy efficient than other servo drives, allows simplifying mechanism and is able to replicate outside force. Force Servo will support robotics, bionics, and video production industries enabling development of state-of-the-art technologies that will contribute to solving important societal and economic issues, such as ageing societies and unemployment.
The main objective of the application for the SME Instrument Phase 1 was to develop a feasibility study for the commercialization of My Research Force servo drive. To reach this goal, a set of sub-objectives has been developed, which are as follows: 1) to perform servo drives and camera stabilizers market research; 2) to conduct user needs analysis; 3) to develop a plan for product redesign; 4) to perform IPR strategy; 5) to develop and elaborate business model including detailed business plan.
My research also conducted user needs analysis during the exhibitions and industry conferences, product testing in TV studios and discussions with industry players. Feedback on camera stabilizers with integrated Force servo drive were positive, highlighting the energy efficiency, compatibility with different camera size and lens length. Based on user feedback, the plan for redesign includes more of complementary rather than essential changes. My Research will simplify mount of batteries and balancing procedure, will upgrade the control of stabilizer to make it more user friendly and will create the plastic case to hide wires. The noise caused by Force Servo drive will also be reduced.
During the project My Research, in collaboration with specialized patenting firm AAA Law, performed Freedom to operate analysis which showed that there are no such patents and camera stabilizers with incorporated Force Servo drives can be patented and commercialized without infringing anybody’s intellectual property rights. Four patent applications related to Force Servo solution have already been submitted and confirmed in Lithuania. Three patent applications are submitted and still in application process in the US.
My Research have also made decision on their business model – they plan to expand in other markets by selling the production via web shop. In order to scale-up and to increase brand awareness globally, My Research plans to establish a partnership with electronics distributors in USA. The distributors will be responsible for establishing the partnerships with various web-shops in the area that could potentially sell the solution through their network. During the project, My Research also evaluated potential risks and established measures to mitigate it.
Overall, the tasks performed during the SME – instrument Phase 1 project showed that camera stabilizers with incorporated Force Servo drives can be commercialized successfully due to the favourable business environment for camera stabilizers producers. After confirmation of patents, My Research will be ready for production and commercialization.