Follow Inspiration is an innovative technological company founded in 2012.
We believe in improving people's lives. Our knowledge on hardware and software in the domains of image recognition and indoor positioning allows us to develop leading-edge technologies for retail, industry and services. Our mission is to deliver innovation through new technologies in order to improve businesses and people’s lives.
We center our work in the development of interactive technologies in the field of robotics and image recognition, with high focus on user experience.
Our collaborators are indeed our most important asset.
Right from the beginning, we've struggled to have the best among the best. We established important partnerships with universities, in order to identify talents in an early stage and inviting them for summer internships in the company, as well as with research institutions, so that our research and development can result in MSc and PhD thesis.
More than developers, we seek entrepreneurs who can share our vision of improving people's lives.
Follow Inspiration counts on 15 skilled and talented collaborators (6 PhD's, 9 MSc's) with backgrounds in Computer Science and Engineering, Electro technical Engineering, Economics and Marketing.
The company is organized in departments (Product Management, Innovation, Marketing & Communication and Management & HR), with a clear and methodic roadmap.
The wiiGO is an autonomous and self-driven shopping cart. It targets retail environments (super and hypermarkets) with a clear purpose to help people with reduced mobility carrying their purchases in an easy and comfortable way, improving the customer’s in-store experience like never before!
Thanks to the latest technology in image recognition, the wiiGO is able to track the user, following him or her throughout the shopping process. It is very simple and intuitive to use: the user only needs to click on the start button and, in a few seconds, the wiiGO identifies him/her and its ready to use. No special clothing, wires or sensors in the user are required!
The wiiGO is also equipped with distance sensors and a LIDAR, which enable the device to detect any obstacles and dangers, avoiding any collisions and making it absolutely safe to use.
The wiiGO is the innovation on wheels - provided with a user interface (screen), on which several services can be integrated (shopping list synchronization, location of products in the store, automatic payments, self-scanning and real time advertising, among others in accordance with the client's needs), the wiiGO can also be applied to other scenarios such as Airports - helping passengers carrying their hand luggage and providing useful airport and flight information - and Industry, speeding up processes in assembly lines (as an autonomous workbench that follows the operator) or transporting heavy loads in warehouses, as a lower cost AGV.
The wiiGO Retail targets super and hypermarkets with at least 1000 sqm. The product is currently on its final stage of development and it will be launched to the market in the first quarter of 2017.
Currently, the wiiGO is being tested in real environment in SONAE stores (Portugal's biggest retailer) and it will start international demonstrations with two top retailers in France (September and November) and Germany (October).
The wiiGO Airports targets airport management companies, seeking to provide a personalized service for passengers with reduced mobility. ANA (entity that manages all Portuguese airports) has already shown interest in testing the wiiGO in one airport.
Finally, the wiiGO Industry targets assembly lines and warehouses. The Industry version is currently being developed in a close partnership with an important car manufacturer in Portugal.
Retail faces great challenges in the 21st century. Retailers are struggling to improve the customer’s in-store experience like never before, creating meaningful experiences but, more than ever, providing comfort to their customers, while positioning themselves as innovation leaders.
Retailers shall be able to buy the wiiGO through leasing or renting. Based on the type of customization and the customized services requested by the retailer, a monthly fee will be charged to the retailer. Maintenance is an added value to the business model, as it will be provided by a renowned partner in each country, allowing a more personalized contact with clients and benefiting of the partner’s know-how in the country, as well as its established commercial relations.
Future Plans / Roadmap
We’re already looking for the second version of the wiiGO Retail. We want retailers and their customers to get the most out of the wiiGO.
We’re working on great improvements for the wiiGO, so that in a near future the wiiGO can follow the customer outdoors.
The company is already developing the version for airports (to ease the transport of luggage) and for industry, to improve the transportation of tools in assembly lines and heavy objects in warehouses.
Within the scope of Industry 4.0 and reinforcing its compromise within the field of smart mobility, Follow Inspiration also integrates the “Project BE” consortium, which aims to develop the first electric and autonomous vehicle entirely produced in Portugal. wiiGO technology will integrate the Project BE, allowing the electric car to perform tasks such as autonomous parking and platooning.