It started when we were young. All of us liked to take things apart and put them back together, much to our parents chagrin. Luckily there was a profession that catered to this madness called engineering and it helped to professionalize our inherent tendencies.
It wasn’t enough though to build stuff. We wanted it to be more than useful. We wanted it to be life changing. So we went from thing to thing for a while and then while hanging out with a new friend it happened. We found the purpose that ticked all of the boxes. Our friend is just like us, but has a different way to get around. He uses a wheelchair. Just like us he loves the Greek summers that always include the sea.
He shared with us that he was tired of asking for assistance to get in and out of water. After the initial surprise that there is nothing in the market that can assist, we started to work on a solution that incorporated all of the needs to achieve this.
This is the origin story of SEATRAC Thanks to Professor Vassilis Kostopoulos and the initiator Gerasimos Fessian, vice-prefect of Prefecture of Achaia at that time, we secured the first location and when the product became viable we founded TOBEA LTD in 2012 in order to continue deployment and develop more products.
Creativity requires a bit of quirkiness. Thinking Οut of the Βox Εngineering Applications encourages that. We know that ideas can come from anywhere and anyone. Engineering is for products and for people. We love it when people engineer their roles to fit their personalities and we’ll sit and make a plan together around it.
The founders of TOBEA Ltd are Ignatios Fotiou and George Sotiriadis. They started while at Patras University and continued the work towards the full commercialization that became TOBEA Ltd. Along with Professor Vassilis Kostopoulos they formed the research group that carried out the collaborative project of AML. TOBEA is a spin-off of the University of Patras.