Nice to TeleMeet you

By Massimiliano Versace | January 14, 2013

The iRobot Roomba cleaning robots is still the most famous, and probably widespread robot in the world. Despite this has made many people happy not to clean their floors (e.g., me), Roomba is not exactly the robot many of us would have expected to keep the best selling position in the robotic industry for so many years. Who is next?

An article on Information Week proposes that the next big hit in robotics will come from Telepresence. With a shower of remote telepresence robots hitting the market over the past few years and more to come (MantaroBot, Vgo, Anybots, Suitable Technology, Double Robotics, Revolve), and with price points below $10K (and sometimes below $2K!), the positive repercussion of telepresence on productivity, or simply the ability to chat hands-free with your friends and family, would become apparent.

Telepresence is surely one of the next big sectors in robotics to be booming in the next few years: new, inexpensive gadgets will become cheaper and more powerful. And more useful.

About Massimiliano Versace

Massimiliano Versace is co-founder and CEO of Neurala Inc. and founding Director of the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab. He is a pioneer in researching and bringing to market large scale, deep learning neural models that allow robots to interact and learn real-time in complex environments. He has authored approximately forty among journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, holds several patents, and has been an invited speaker at dozens of academic and business meetings, research and national labs, and companies, including NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Air Force Research Labs, Hewlett-Packard, iRobot, Qualcomm, Ericsson, BAE Systems, Mitsubishi, and Accenture, among others. His work has been featured in over thirty articles, news programs, and documentaries, including IEEE Spectrum, New Scientist, Geek Magazine, CNN, MSNBC and others. Massimiliano is a Fulbright scholar and holds two Ph.Ds: Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy; Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, USA. He obtained his BS from University of Trieste, Italy.

One Response to Nice to TeleMeet you

  1. ang says:

    The telepresence market is young, but already VGo is making a big impact in healthcare and education, as well as business.

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