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Power up: The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator is ON [VIDEO]

Jun 1, 2015

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Remember the OnQ blog post about the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Program powered by Techstars? Actually, we featured it twice.

Well, it’s happening… now! Last week, Qualcomm EVP and Chief Technology Officer Matt Grob cut the ribbon and invited special guests to go inside and check out the Robotics Accelerator lab located in Qualcomm’s San Diego Research Center.

From now through September, 10 companies representing six different countries—selected from more than 200 applicants—will be working on their robotics projects in an open, collaborative space with full access to Qualcomm mentors and wireless technologies.

The final Demo Day will take place on September 10, at which each team will have the opportunity to present its work to investors, industry leaders, and the community at large. Here’s a brief description of each company (in alphabetical order):

  • Carbon Robotics – building a robotic arm called KATIA (Kick Ass Trainable Intelligent Arm) with the capabilities of an industrial robot but offered for the price of a Roomba. The company is focused on rapid prototyping as well as seeding and expanding a developer network.
  • CleverPet – founded by a team of cognitive scientists and neuroscientists, CleverPet is a technology company dedicated to teaching pets new behaviors. Its first project is a smart, in-home robot that provides dogs with the daily mental and physical stimulation they crave.
  • CtrlWorks – dedicated to transforming any mobile platform into an intelligent robot at an affordable price. Through cloud navigation and specialize hardware, users can easily and autonomously transport items through remote management.
  • Inova Drone – designs and develops advanced, professional unmanned aerial systems for the global commercial market. Inova Drone’s initial focus will be in the public safety and security industries.
  • Rational Robotics – is bringing robots from the factory to the shop floor. The company’s first product uses 3D scanning technology to robotically apply a coat of paint to objects such as car bumpers.
  • Reach Robotics – is developing a product called Mecha Monsters—the world’s first gaming robots, which are controlled via smartphone or tablets and serve to bridge the physical and digital components of the gaming world.
  • Sky Robotics – committed to enabling the streamlined, affordable creation of robots. Its OPRA (open platform for robotics applications) is a development platform that combines high-performance modular hardware and intuitive open source software to catalyze the realization of any product in this space.
  • Skyfront – builds hybrid-electric technology for long endurance drones. It is focused on formalizing technology that extends flight times up to 10x and enables UAVs to be used for serious commercial applications such as agriculture, search & rescue, and inspection.
  • Skysense – builds and sells charging infrastructure for drones, enabling remote-controlled flights and autonomous missions. Its technology involves a gold-plated charging station pad for drones that can be easily scaled. The company has recently begun development of a Drone Port.
  • Solenica – created Lucy—a sleek, sophisticated robot that brings sunlight directly into your home. Powered by solar cells, Lucy follows the sun throughout the day, creating natural illumination while simultaneously reducing electricity use.

“The diversity and breadth of focus of the robotics accelerator selectees demonstrates the remarkable innovation underway around the world in this space.” said Grob. “Robots use many of the same technologies that are currently present in smartphones and we at Qualcomm are gratified to have the opportunity to provide entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide with the technologies and support that will help them transform our daily lives. We look forward to participating with the selectees in this revolution.”

Learn more about the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator here. What’s Techstars? Check it out here. Stay tuned for updates on the teams and their progress over the next few months!


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