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SXSW Interactive 2014

Consumer Robots Everywhere: The Next Big Thing

There are so many talented roboticists in the world, but so few of them are conveying their breakthrough robotic technologies where they can really make a difference; out of the research labs and into our homes! What is holding up the robots? Why don’t we have Rosie Jetson in our homes and workplaces? Cost.
Amazing humanoid and research robotics can be expensive but robots that serve a real purpose in everyday life do not have to be overly complicated. A truly useful robot is affordable, easy to use, serviceable, and above all, accessible. Only then will the future of robotics begin to be clear, but it is closer than we think!
Dmitry Grishin, the founder of the first-ever robotics-focused VC fund, and Bilal Zuberi, a partner at Lux Capital, a bi-coastal early stage VC firm, will explore why affordable personal robotics is the next big thing in innovation, offer their take on the growing robotic marketplace, and explore the problems with the current robotics industry.

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  1. What is the perfect 'robot' for the consumer market after all? How is the 'internet of things' and the hardware renaissance affecting the consumer robotics industry?
  2. What the current status of the consumer robotics market? What factors can accelerate it? What factors are holding it back?
  3. Why is accessibility and price so important to the growth of the consumer robotic marketplace? What kind of robot will tip the scales to mass adoption?
  4. Are there fundamental differences between land, see and air/space robots? Does the rising tide of consumerization of hardware apply across all three?
  5. The robotics industry is expected to exceed 18 billion by 2015. What about the next 10 years? 20 Years? Why should one invest in this market now? How best to go about it? Are robotic hardware startups a good bet?



Valery Komissarova, Business Development Director, Grishin Robotics

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  • Tags: hardware
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Entrepreneurialism and Business
  • Level: Intermediate
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