Swapnil Kalhapure: Hi Swapnil, good to see that you are interested in this area.
I will answer your queries one by one.
Just few years back, there were only very few products related to telepresence robotics, but right now there are tons of products in the market.
Actually it is very much possible to commercialise to public, and the best example in that case is the buddy robot, successfully raised millions on Indigogo crowdfunding platform, which proves that people are willing to spend cash on these type of devices.
but the problem is you cannot sell a good product at a cost of $200-300, and thats the biggest challenge to produce one at this much affordable price, with all the necessary features.
Now the most important part comes up, the particular problem that these devices can solve.
I would say, even the most successful startups in this area, dont know which problems to target to solve. So when you plan to build this thing up, just focus on problem which you think and is really in the need to be solved.
And with being in the ecosystem myself with these type of devices developing and meeting people from different sectors, the biggest challenge is to decide which problem to solve exactly, at first you will think a lot of options but when you start interacting with your customers, you will realise that, you can cannot sell a simple device just like that, especially a robot. Since, when you mention the word robot, people imagination takes them to a whole new different world of expectations and it is very hard to achieve those expectation at reasonable prices.
Other thing is a robot needs to be really useful for people to use, so you need to first learn to differentiate between ‘need’ and ‘want’. This is the part where people most often get shot down in reality.
I can go on and on, on this thing, there are lots of things which comes into play, when you start building a robot companion. if you need to know more specific thing on this topic let me know.