The company was founded under its Italian branch in 2015 by D. and S. while still students. At the time, we were a tiny firm, based on a local hackerspace. Our first instrument to be broadly commercialized was the Hall Effect Apparatus. The concept was simple: what if every university could demonstrate and experiment with Electron mobility and Hall Effect?
Measuring Electron Mobility is a cute experiment, but it was just a muscle-warmer.
The challenges lied ahead of us: Optics. Optical experiments are bulky, expensive, and impractical. The reason is, as often happens, down to physics: The wavelength of light is tiny.
With red light, at 700nm to 635nm, you need precision micrometric equipment, anti-vibration tables, precision-optics. Even then, after you get everything right, light has one issue: you often can’t see. Open a window, and the light of any laser of safe power is going to be obscured.
We’re nothing if not pragmatists: the best way of solving an unsolvable problem is not even trying and doing something else.
And so, we shaded ourselves from visible light, and into the microwaves we went. At centimetre-sized wavelengths, you’d need to kick the whole table over to achieve a comparable movement to the softest breeze from a distant breath in visible light. Precision micrometric equipment becomes rulers, and p glass becomes plastics.
Some apparatuses already existed by European and Asian brands. The prices were high, functionality was limited, and the accessories were few. The instruments were so coarse in their precision that often they’d be barely demonstrative equipment, with no quantitative measurement possible.
Our goals were set:
- Drive down the price two-fold
- Double transmitter and receiver directionality
- Create a platform able to support at least 16 experiments
- Be bold in colours, materials, technology, and beauty of our products
Two years of development culminated in 2019 with the release of the microwave bench set of products and accessories to a limited number of key clients.
In 2020 we grew tired of innovating alone. We packed our oscilloscopes, our rivet guns, our drawers of doped Germanium samles, and moved to the UK, in beautiful Bristol.