The automatic intelligent telescope revolutionizes astronomy: Space, Stars, Sun and planets have fascinated us since we left the caves thousands of years ago, and we become aware of what surrounds us. Almost everyone has ever had a telescope, or tried one, and we immediately realize one thing: they are difficult to use. It is a barrier that wants to break Vaonis Vespera, the first automatic intelligent telescope.
Using a telescope is relatively simple, but doing it right, or finding what you want to see, is a very different subject. You have to learn some concepts of astrophysics and mathematics to find a certain constellation or a certain planet in the sky, and have patience and a lot of observation ability.
With Vespera you just have to press a button, and it will automatically find the star or celestial body you indicate with the mobile app, and it will send you photos to the Mobile itself.
Just unfold it and place it on the ground. By pressing a button it is calibrated with the mobile'S GPS and a patented celestial recognition system.
Using the mobile app we select what we want to see in a catalog of more than 500 celestial bodies. The app also recommends what is worth seeing according to the date and place, and special events such as eclipses, especially visible planets, etc.It is also possible to search by coordinates.
The automatic telescope locates the celestial object, automatically focuses and takes a photo that it sends to the mobile. Up to 5 mobiles can be connected to the telescope, for use in groups.
Automatic intelligent telescope revolutionizes astronomy
According to its creators, the start-up Vaonis, which already has another telescope for sale, Vespera is a revolutionary telescope, for several reasons.
It is a compact and foldable device, weighing less than 5 kilos and fits in a backpack, so unlike most telescopes it is portable and can be carried anywhere effortlessly.
It is a refractor telescope with two groups of two lenses (four lenses in total) equipped with a Sony Exmor R photographic sensor, which is the one that takes the photos at 1080p resolution. it has an aperture of 50 mm and a focal length of 200 mm.it is the first telescope in the world with auto focus.
The Vespera automatic telescope is being a great success on KickStarter, where it has already raised more than 1.6 million euros, although it only needed 8.450 euros to finance itself.
It has a price of 929 euros, 40% less than when it goes on sale in stores. Of course, you'll have to wait a bit until you can enjoy it: it won't be available until December 2021.
Automatic intelligent telescope revolutionizes astronomy
Spanish startups, in the spotlight of tech giants: the keys to selling a company to Google, Amazon, Facebook or Apple
They have not transcended too many details about the recent sale of Vilynx to Apple, although the operation that has managed to close the Barcelona startup with the giant iPhone manufacturer does reveal something:
The Spanish technology sector is increasingly attractive to multinationals.
If the purchase of Idealista by EQT —more than 1,300 million euros-was a before and after for the sector, the trend has continued to consolidate during 2020. There are several milestones that have managed to close this year the Spanish technological, either through rounds of financing or corporate operations.
Industry sources confirmed days ago to Business Insider Spain that Apple's purchase of Vilynx responded to the appeal of the technology that this firm had developed: a solution capable of understanding and cataloging videos through AI and machine learning. Why Apple? Because Facebook and Google had already taken that path at their own risk.
The case recalls the example of Panoramio, because it was one of the first sales of Spanish startups to technological majors such as Google, Apple, Facebook or Amazon; those known as GAFA. It has been more than a decade since the startup that geolocated photos uploaded by its own users was acquired by Google —for between 6 and 8 million euros—.
It was a project of Eduardo Manchón and Joaquín Cuenca, schoolmates and neighbors of two towns in Alicante. They both agreed to work at LoQUo, a firm that was then sold to eBay, as this Invertia article recalls.
Panoramio has not been the only startup that Google has bought in Spain. Five years later came the turn of VirusTotal. Its founder, Bernardo Quintero, is now one of the key players in cybersecurity efforts at the multinational search engine. Its headquarters is in Malaga, from where he also founded Hispasec several years ago. Its name is inescapable when it comes to the— promising-Spanish cybersecurity industry.
Amazon has also come shopping around Spain. In 2010 it was made with BuyVIP in an operation that would be around 70 or 80 million euros, according to reference five days, although the idyll did not end quite well: in 2017 Amazon closed its outlet division with private sales by failing to make it profitable.
Facebook and Apple have been the last of these four big tech companies to arrive in Spain. The multinational of the social network acquired a startup specializing in video games in the cloud, PlayGiga, at a time when companies such as Microsoft, through Xbox; Amazon, with Luna; or Google, with Stadia, explore this universe.
Apple made Vilynx for about 40 million this year.
If Vilynx, PlayGiga, VirusTotal or Panoramio have ended up in the hands of Apple, Facebook or Google, it is because they knew how to find an attraction that interested multinationals.
An attraction or a technology with which to be able to dispute some market or some development to these megacorporations.
Vilynx was working on a technology to tag and understand videos using AI and machine learning. Sources in the sector highlighted days ago that Google and Facebook were already working on their own developments thanks to the amount of content with which they can train their robot, thanks to the possession of YouTube or the videos of the social network.
PlayGiga, the same thing: its development of video games in the cloud was flattering for an industry that is exploring this path and in which Facebook did not want to be left behind. De facto, it can compete thanks to the Spanish solution with Amazon and Google.
At this symposium of Spanish startups that have caught the attention of the most important technological ones in the globe, it is worth mentioning a few more that, by projection, have developed technologies with which they can compete in their leagues.
Carto, for example, is one of the most recognizable names in the Spanish ecosystem. In 2017 it had more than 1,200 customers and then its managers ruled out the possibility of a sale. It already raised 23 million in 2015 by seducing Silicon Valley investors, before opting for a branding change. In the summer of last year it absorbed a Seville startup, and today it is one of the most powerful Spanish technological abroad. Based in the United States, it offers a very solid cartographic solution. A business in which Google also participates with its Maps.
Together with Idealista, one of the biggest sales of the year was that of Freepik. Its managers maintain control and are now also in the hands of EQT for an operation that exceeded 200 million euros. He works in a business in which they are also undisputed by other technological greats.
13 years after his exit at Panoramio, Business Insider Spain speaks with Joaquín Cuenca, CEO of Freepik; and Eduardo Manchón, CEO of Mailtrack.
Mailtrack closed a financiación 400,000 funding round 6 years ago, and is a startup that offers technological solutions so that email users can receive proof that their email has been opened and read. Its technology is also susceptible to be sold to a glasses, ratifies the expert of Swanlaab Venture Factory, Darío Villena.
Manchón, from Mailtrack, however, does not believe that there is a pattern when it comes to selling the company. "It is always said that companies are bought, not sold. There's little you can do to sell your company." The only pattern, he acknowledges, is that there is an interested buyer;" and the reasons will be yours and personal, very concrete for each operation".
"Shoppers may want something you already have in your business: Free users, customers, billing, brand or technology." For example, he talks about the firm of his former colleague, Freepik, which starred in the sale to EQT for more than 200 million. "Freepik was already very big."
Cuenca, the CEO of Freepik, ratifies the ideas of his former colleague. Keys to selling a glasses? "Have a product that, in what it does, is one of the best." "Sometimes they buy products at an earlier stage because they believe in their potential. Sometimes they are looking for someone well established because they want to dominate that part of the industry."
Cuenca recalls the example of LoQUo, where it coincided with Manchón. "eBay bought LoQUo, led by Ubaldo Huerta, in part out of fear that a competitor like Craigslist would develop in Europe." And Google made Panoramio "because they guessed before the others that in a few years we would all have a computer in our pocket, and being able to understand all the geographical information around you would be a differentiating element".
But" there is a somewhat conspiratorial vision, "Manchón acknowledges," in thinking that companies buy to eliminate competitors. It's not usually something like that; almost no company is in a position to tickle another." It does recognize examples counted as that of Facebook, when it acquired WhatsApp for 22.000 million in 2014.