Xconomy’s Future of Robotics Event: The Slide Show

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If you missed our May 3 forum on “The Future of Robotics in Silicon Valley,” fear not. Today we’re pleased to bring you a flurry of photos from the gathering, captured in pixels by photographer Scott Bramwell at SRI International, which hosted the half-day event.

The sold-out event featured top roboticists from both coasts, including Helen Greiner of iRobot and CyPhy Works fame, Mick Mountz from Kiva Systems (just acquired by Amazon for $775 million), Willow Garage executives Steve Cousins and Brian Gerkey, and SRI robotics director Rich Mahoney. Participants showed off their latest robot creations, from SRI’s bomb-defusing Taurus robot to Willow’s Texai telepresence bot. And they debated the best ways to boost the robotics industry in Silicon Valley—for example, by proving the fields’ commercial potential to venture capital firms.

Here at Xconomy we’d like to extend a huge thank-you to event host SRI International and event sponsor Silicon Valley Bank, and to all of the participating speakers. Here’s the show. (And for a closer look at some of the robots made by the companies represented at the forum, check out last week’s pre-event photo and video gallery.)

Kick-off — Xconomy San Francisco editor Wade Roush opens the proceedings.
Photo by Scott Bramwell, SRI International

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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9 responses to “Xconomy’s Future of Robotics Event: The Slide Show”

  1. Roy says:

    That’s Dr. Harsha Prahlad, SRI’s lead researcher on the electroadhesion technology.

  2. Antoine Martin says:

    This was a great event. If you want to know about some of the “lessons learned” from the events,
    and other take-aways from an entrepreneurial perspective, you can read them at:http://newventurist.com/2012/06/state-of-entrepreneurship-in-robotics/