Uizard, the Copenhagen-based startup that is using ‘machine intelligence’ to quickly turn app sketches into prototypes, has raised $2.8 million in seed funding. The round is led by Nordic VC firm by Founders, LDV Capital, av8 Ventures, and New York Venture Partners, including a number of individuals such as Scott Kurnit, Julia Qiu, Lars Houbak, and Alex Spiro.
Aiming to improve the designer/developer workflow, Uizard leverages “advanced” machine learning and computer vision to turn a simple sketch into a basic prototype for almost immediate testing. Sketches can be drawn with pen and paper, photographed, and then uploaded to Uizard for the AI to do its work. Currently the product is mostly used by UX design teams in enterprises, agencies, and startups.
Uizard co-founder and CEO Tony Beltramelli said, “Anyone who ever visited the product team office at any tech company would have noticed the thousands of sketches and wireframes covering the whiteboards, sticky notes, and notebooks. Designers are constantly scribbling their latest ideas but it literally takes days to implement them into testable prototypes. Uizard enables product teams to go from sketches to working code in as little time as possible. The value of our product is all about speed of execution.”
Beltramelli claims the company does not have any direct competition as of now. However, Airbnb and Microsoft have showed interest in developing their own non-commercial “sketch2code” technologies.