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Money is out there—particularly for low-cost platforms

April 24, 2011

Philips Healthcare invests in Corindus’ vascular robotics start-up.
New telepresence and hacked Kinect/Roomba platforms rolling out:
    Kickstarter enables MIT’s Garratt Galagher to get starter funding for his Bilibot.
    WillowGarage starts selling $500-$1,000 Turtlebot which, like the Bilibot, includes heavy-duty ROS.
    iRobot’s AVA adds an iPad to the arsenal. Interview with iRobot’s CEO talking about low-cost benefits and meeting consumer expectations (unlike recent baseball throwing bot which failed miserably throwing out first pitch at a Phillie’s ballgame).
VCs are offering big development money for robotic apps and consumer products for the Android and iOS platforms.
Finally, RobotShop is offering to partner and commercialize robotic inventions.

Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report, and is also a panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series... read more

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