It all began for Brickit in 2018 when my young son needed stimulating outlets for learning. We bought him the usual toys, but they soon became dull and unappealing. That's when I remembered LEGO; with its boundless creative potential, it was the perfect solution.
Soon, I was buying tons of LEGO sets for my son, and all the pieces accumulated into one massive heap. Finding the specialized parts and figuring out builds with the most suitable combination of pieces became a great challenge. Let me tell you, searching for an hour and a half just to find the right piece to build an elephant is no easy task!
By 2018 I had already attained the position of product manager at Yandex, a leading Russian IT company. Knowing this, I instinctively approached the situation from a business and product angle. I began to discuss my experiences with other parents, both in my life and online forums, in order to uncover if anyone else had encountered a similar issue. To my great surprise, many individuals were not only feeling the same pain but were willing to pay to see it resolved.
At the same time, there was a phenomenal surge in computer vision technology. Subsequently, I proposed to my Yandex associates that we develop a neural network-based solution to accurately find the pieces of a LEGO set among the disassembled parts. Surprisingly, they were interested and agreed to join me in developing such a product.
In the beginning, it was just the three of us: Andrey Tatarinov, our CTO and co-founder; Evgeny Mozharovsky, our first mobile engineer; and I. Now we are a 16 people tech-savvy team with a working background in tech giants like Google and Yandex spread across Europe and the US.