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Swapnil Kalhapure
Entrepreneur, roboticist and avid blogger
 · PuneIndia
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Robotic Telepresence devices :

1 Would like to know how many innovators, entrepreneurs or makers know about robotic telepresence devices like Double Robotics or VGo.?

2 Is the technology worth commercializing to general public? meaning what do you think, would people buy these type of products available at less cost (around 200$ - 300$) ?

3 What can be your problem statement, that these type of robots solve?

I’m planning to build affordable robotic telepresence systems based on smartphone/ tablet devices. Would like to know about your thoughts regarding commercialization of this technology?

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Swapnil Kalhapure

I consider the laying out of a commercial idea as a superb contribution to the community. Swapnil demonstrates great maturity and potential for business acumen by asking questions about his business idea in this fashion.

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Piyush Arora
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 · BengaluruIndia
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I know Abhinav Anand who can really help you with the telepresence robot. He is one of the core members of innovative relepresense robot i2u2 (http:#//i2u2.in/). He can really help you out about the above points .

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Swapnil Kalhapure
Entrepreneur, roboticist and avid blogger
 · PuneIndia
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Ohh great…! thanks Piyush Arora, I’ve not only read, but also tried using there robot by i2u2 . Would surely love to hear from Abhinav Anand

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Steven Reubenstone
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 · New YorkU.S.
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Swapnil Kalhapure appreciate you laying out your idea so clearly. Happy to have you as a leader in this community. I am familiar with these technologies somewhat, but here are my thoughts regarding commercialization.

A great exercise, and really important one, is filling out your first version of a lean canvas. It’s superb to ask that question “what problem can it solve”.

You’ll see the lean canvas really makes you think about UNIQUE VALUE PROPOSITION. So if you’re asking if there’s commercial potential, you need to drill down on your uvp, and customer segments, then evaluate if there is a big enough market to serve this to. If the answer is yet, and you have the market size/uvp – there’s a business opportunity.

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Abhinav Anand
AI, Machine Learning, NLP, Robotics, App Development, Entrepreneur, etc.
 · BengaluruIndia
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Swapnil Kalhapure: Hi Swapnil, good to see that you are interested in this area.
I will answer your queries one by one.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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Steven Reubenstone
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 · New YorkU.S.
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Swapnil Kalhapure thoughts here?

Abhinav Anand great work here.

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