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.