Favorite New Startup – Apps for Robots


Robot (Photo credit: ewen and donabel)

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.


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