Favorite New Startup – Apps for Robots
An admirably simple concept – an app store for robots. The Robot-App Store is a platform for developers to sell extensions for robots, and for robot owners to buy those extensions. Right now many of these are for toys – like for PLEO or Roombas, and focus on “hey-that’s-neat” functionality – such as facial recognition for your “NAO” toy. That example demonstrates the potential power here – that simple toy robot has enough onboard processing power to run emotion-recognizing algorithms, and so someone has written one. It’s not a huge leap to go from a curiosity repository to using the platform to market and distribute industrial robot algorithms – say, more efficient methods for fabricating car doors.
The upside to becoming that platform is huge.