Luos builds API to help embedded engineers easily connect to any hardware component – TechCrunch
Luos, a participant in this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield competition, wants to make it easy for onboard hardware developers to connect to any hardware component, such as a motor or sensor, and then create a reusable configuration profile to offer them the same kind of flexibility. that software engineers have with microservices.
Luos CEO and co-founder Nicolas Rabault said that as a former embedded hardware engineer, he wanted to create a solution that would simplify the way these engineers have historically worked. “The idea of Luos is to allow embedded systems developers to create things that could be easily reused by others, and a way to simply deal with the existing one. [profiles], instead of redoing everything every time, ”Rabault told me.
He said the inspiration for this approach came from the world of microservices. “We have based our technology on microservices in the web world, because microservices allow web developers to create reusable pieces of software that can be used by anyone, anywhere in the world,” a- he declared.
As he describes, “Luos exposes a standard API for any part (buttons, motors, batteries, cameras, WiFi, etc.) allowing anyone to use all of these services without any further development, then you can create a portable and reusable behavior code. [we call a profile]. “So you can have a battery profile or an engine profile that you can apply to every type of battery or engine, regardless of which company produced it.
To put this capability within the reach of any embedded hardware engineer, the company has developed an open source library that allows developers to create these different generic profiles. For starters, the startup seeded it with common engines, but an integrated developer can download the open source framework and create one at any time, then share it with the community.
Before creating this framework, engineers usually created custom code for each component on a board, a long and frustrating process. The Luos solution removes much of this complexity and provides a common way to connect to different parts of the board by creating these common profiles.
While there is no central marketplace or library to share profiles yet, the plan is to create one where there will be an organized way to share them. Today, the company makes money by working with organizations in an advisory or support role to help them use the development library or create profiles through a subscription model.
Luos is also working on a SaaS tool to help onboard engineers troubleshoot issues on shipped boards, allowing them to remotely understand what happened to a particular component like an engine and send a fix. This will add to the revenue base when completed.
Rabault and his co-founders launched the startup in 2018, but the roots of the idea go back 14 years when Rabault was still a student. He says he has spent his entire career working directly or indirectly on these issues, and when he started this business, the technology had matured enough to implement a solution like this.
The company now has 12 employees, including the three founders, and plans to hire more, especially in the area of community management, an important role in a company like this, as well as people in charge of user experience and more embedded systems engineers. He wants to build a diverse business, and although they currently only have employees living in France, this is a remote company open to hiring from anywhere, which could help. to promote diversity while continuing to build the company.
So far, the Bordeaux, France-based startup has raised $ 1.4 million in seed capital. The main goal of this initial investment is to help spread awareness of what the startup is doing among its target audience of embedded systems engineers.
Participating in Battlefield will certainly help amplify their mission, but the founders also received practical advice on how to structure and present the company to users, customers, and investors, and present themselves to an American audience, which Rabault believes. engineers are more open. to experiment with new tools like those of his company than they are in Europe where he is based. He sees Battlefield as an essential means of reaching this audience.