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Blueprint Robotics in the news: Awards ceremony celebrates Start-Up competition winners

By KathieMcInnes  |  Posted: November 20, 2015

ENTREPRENEUR Kai Longshaw has designed the ultimate household aid – a robotic arm that can make a cup of tea, tinkle the ivories on a keyboard and even play chess.

Awards ceremony celebrates Start-Up competition winners

By KathieMcInnes  |  Posted: November 20, 2015

ENTREPRENEUR Kai Longshaw has designed the ultimate household aid – a robotic arm that can make a cup of tea, tinkle the ivories on a keyboard and even play chess.

The 25-year-old hopes to corner the market with his gadget, which can also be used to teach school pupils about robotics.

Now he has been given a helping hand himself after winning a prize in The Start-Up competition, aimed at finding North Staffordshire’s next business brains.

Newcastle-based firm TMT First will be providing him with three months’ free office space, along with mentoring and support.

Kai, from Hanley, said: “There’s also the potential of financial backing. I’ve definitely come up top trumps.”

He became CEO and founder of Blueprint Robotics a year ago after realising the potential of launching an educational product.

“At the moment, if you want to play with robotics you can’t get one off the shelf. Products can cost hundreds of pounds,” he added.

“But the unit price of one of my robotic arms starts at £175. It’s something a high school student could use if they want to get into programming. You can programme it to do anything.”

Kai is now using the skills he learnt gaining his degree in robotic engineering at Staffordshire University.

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