A young Nigerian team is building a global IoT-based hardware company.

A team of 10 people called ‘INVENTTECH’ gathered model gadgets they had created in the 2018 May edition of ‘Techpoint Inspired’. They had made unique hardware and IoT ( IoT is an extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects) fashioned microcontrollers. The team at the time was a mix of graduate and undergraduate students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State Nigeria.

Late last year the Techpoint team visited the young developers’ office in Ile-Ife, Osun State. They had moved on from iLabs situated in their Alma matter, OAU. They call their product InventOne and depict that the device can be used to build robots, home automation devices and learn programming and STEM education generally.

Founder and team lead at InventTech is identified as Victor Shoaga, a hardware engineer and the co-founder is Ayomide Bakare.

“I started building InventOne a few years back while still in the university and over the years it has gone through a lot of processes but has become the company’s first product,” Victor says.

According to the young co-founder “We are in the world of IoT and soon everyone will be doing this. I know you and everyone else are used to the Raspberry Pi, but where the world is headed; there are not enough of these devices,” “When we started, the assumption was that we had one product, but with careful assessment, we realized it was actually two. The software can be used to program other boards with WiFi module ESP8266 which is the most popular,” Bakare says.

Their company is barely two years old but may be introducing a new wave of programming microcontrollers that are simple and easy to use for programming. The 10-man InventTech team may be fresh off the boat but has combined 30 years’ experience amongst them in software and hardware technology. Their invention is said to be a potentially strong force in the hardware space.

Invent one is intended to be used on boards like Raspberry Pi to Arduino amongst others. The team is well grounded, hardworking an aiming for the stars. Their product may not be much of a buzz now but with time and persistence will land huge success in Africa at large.

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Credits – Victor Ekwealor

 

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