Silicon Valley Robotics is an industry association supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies.
Our strategy aims; to facilitate networking, fact finding and research between industry executives, potential partners, investors, and customers; to engage in activities that enhance the quality and quantity of the next generation of robotics professionals; to advocate in favor of robotics policies that promote innovation and entrepreneurship; to recognize industry-leading companies and attract thought leaders.
Our services include; annual report on robotics in Silicon Valley, presentations (history of robotics, state of Silicon Valley robotics and trends in robotics), thought leader Q&A and roundtables on robotics, introductions between Silicon Valley robotics companies and national/international potential partners, connecting robotics companies with demos/expos, networking and speaker events, including the annual Silicon Valley Robot Block Party.
The 2017 Silicon Valley Robot Block Party set a new high for attendance with over 1000 robot fans plus investors, exhibitors and media. 45 different companies, organizations and groups were represented on the day, April 12, 2017, and the Jabil Blue Sky Innovation Center proved to be the perfect host for what is now the longest running National Robotics Week celebration.
Congratulations to Apellix, the winner of Automate 2017 Startup Launch Pad competition. Also, honorable mention goes to Kinema Systems and Sake Robotics. The Apellix received a $10,000 check sponsored by GE Ventures. The judging panel consisted of Steve Taub, GE Ventures, Oliver Mitchell, Autonomy Ventures, Chris Moehle, Robotics Hub and Melonee Wise, Fetch Robotics.
Japan is holding a huge robot celebration in 2018 in Tokyo and 2020 in Aichi, Fukushima, hosted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and industry (METI) and the New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). This is a commercial robotics Expo and a series of robotics Challenges with the goal of bringing together experts from around the world to advance human focused robotics.
International Women’s Day is raising discussion about the lack of diversity and role models in STEM and the potential negative outcomes of bias and stereotyping in robotics and AI. Let’s balance the words with positive actions. Here’s what we can all do to support women in robotics and AI, and thus improve diversity, innovation and reduce skills shortages for robotics and AI.
Cobalt Robotics has launched their stylish security robot. The robot was designed by Yves Behar and as a fabric covered robot, it’s putting a new spin on soft robotics! Behar’s goal was to create a robot that didn’t conform to Hollywood stereotypes but instead as an augmentation of human ability and an enhancement to the human environment.
Shakey the Robot, the world’s first mobile, intelligent robot, developed at SRI International between 1966-1972, was the first robot to be honored with a prestigious IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing. The IEEE Milestone program honors significant inventions, locations or events related to electrical engineering and computing that have benefitted humanity, and which are at least 25 years old.
The largest markets for robots is for when there aren’t any people around. We often call those jobs the dirty, dull and dangerous ones. But then there are devices like CleverPet which play with your dog when you aren’t home. What’s not to love about playing with dogs? And yet there is a huge industry growing up around looking after your pet when you simply aren’t available to do it. CleverPet won the 2015 Robot Launch startup competition and took home 1st place at CES 2016.
The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has announced a call for startup companies in robotics, machine vision and motion control for its Automate Launch Pad Competition. The competition will be held at the Automate 2017 Show and Conference in Chicago, Illinois on April 5, 2017. The presenting sponsor of the competition is GE. The event is co-produced with Silicon Valley Robotics.
Catalia Health is leading the surge in social robotics, with Mabu, their patient care management system. Catalia Health likes to be seen primarily as a health company that utilizes robots, rather than a robotics company. This focus on solving real world problems while shipping a product has seen Catalia attract both customers and investors, and recently close their Series A round.
If you attended CES 2017 last week you may have seen more than 70 HAX powered startups in Eureka Park, the ‘playground of innovation’. As service robotics steals the spotlight, we wanted to showcase some of the ways that accelerators and programs like HAX help grow hardware and robotics startups, including taking them to market.
Here’s an interview with Cyril Ebersweiler, Founder and Managing Director of HAX, excerpted from the new “Service Robotics Case Studies 2” report by Silicon Valley Robotics, the industry association.
Sophisticated household robots are only just starting to show up in our lives, but all the building blocks for a veritable “Cambrian explosion” of robotics are there, as Gill Pratt described it when he was running the recent DARPA Robotics Challenge. The service robotics industry is emerging, and we will soon be seeing robots of all shapes and sizes making their first forays into our everyday lives.
The 2016 Bay Area Robotics Symposium was held at Stanford on November 18th. Each year, the annual event alternates between Stanford and Berkeley with the goal of bringing together roboticists from the Bay Area.
It’s time to showcase the Robot Launch semifinalists, or ‘The Shortlist’. Every week over the next month you will meet 9-10 very interesting robotics and AI startups from all over the world and you will have a chance to vote each week on their short pitch video. The most popular startup overall will be awarded the Robohub Readers Choice award.
You may be surprised, but I’m not. These are the people I see regularly both in Silicon Valley and overseas interacting with the robotics community. That makes them the smart money (most of the time). According to CB Insights, the 7 most active robotics investors over the last 5 years are: Eclipse Ventures, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Lux, Intel Capital, Sequoia China, CRV, and Visionaire Ventures.
As CB Insights demonstrates, old school ‘smart money’ is still making investments in robotics — just at a slower pace. Overall, the last 5 years has seen an increase in global robotics equity funding to $2.6 billion in 405 deals.