Room-service robots — and that’s just the start

Room-service robots — and that’s just the start

by Ramamurthy Sivakumar, TechCrunch

At a popular hotel nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, two long-separated technologies came together not long ago — all in the name of toothpaste.

A small robot, outfitted with 3D cameras, was loaded up with a bath kit, a newspaper and a spare towel. It then took the supplies, rolled out of the lobby, called for the elevator and delivered the items to a guest room. Since this demo last fall, a fleet of Relay robots made by Savioke, a company in our investment portfolio, has made more than 50,000 similar deliveries in six cities across North America.

The results of this field test answered a very important question for us as longtime technology investors: What happens when you give a general-purpose computer chip a high-resolution view of its environment and the ability to react to what it sees?

Turns out you create a brand-new industry.

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