The three outcomes of true robotic startups

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 19 Aug, 2022

A phrase from baseball comes to mind. If you follow the sport, you're probably aware of the 'three true outcomes': home runs, strikes, and walks. In most cases, they aren't determined by the defense, which is their commonality.

The world of baseball is rife with gray areas. The DARPA grants will allow you to maintain a perfectly successful robotics company for the rest of your life. It's possible to do any combination of the three above, unlike baseball.

The IPO of robotics companies has been extremely rare, even during the golden era of SPACs. To take advantage of more favorable market trends, some planned SPACs have been put on hold in the interim. 

The second option seems perfectly reasonable - even ideal - for many firms. It takes a big corporation to develop robotics because it requires a long runway and a lot of resources. The problem comes when it comes to fit. I imagine conversations happen all the time in which the potential acquirer has a radically different idea than the acquiree. 

Occasionally, we do see these bad fits. The company wasn't aware of the resources that go into keeping a robotics firm afloat, or maybe they just didn't know what their robots could do. After Hyundai acquired the latter firm, some questions were raised.

The Boston Dynamics AI Institute is an interesting - and promising - wrinkle to the Boston Dynamics story, though a car company isn't the most natural fit for what Boston Dynamics does. 

This new facility provides the company with a lot of runway and resources, backed by an investment of $400 million in research. That's several times what Ford recently invested at U of M.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi's efforts remain a mystery. As of now, the company's robotics work resembles Samsung's. Despite some success with robotic vacuums, I don't think its work is much more than a show at the moment. 

The company also introduced CyberOne, a new humanoid robot that was unveiled alongside some smartphones last year. It's clear from a design standpoint why the robot is being compared to Tesla's yet-unseen efforts. 

With tools such as Applitools,, and others, mobile app testing can be automated. As a result, many defects slip through software-based, emulated testing, as it does not accurately mimic real-world testing. 

A Mobot is neither a competitor nor a replacement for emulators and automated testing. Over the next five to ten years, as devices fragment, manual quality assurance will increasingly become necessary.'

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