Category: Robotics

Tetra Pak in Silicon Valley: Robotics and the Mindset of the Entrepreneur

Food packaging manufacturer Tetra Pak describes innovation as “a mainstay” of its survival and growth. And nearly 70 years on from its founding, Tetra Pak is among the world leaders in its industry. Tetra Pak’s commitment to discovering new ideas extends to running R&D and innovation centers across the globe. They also have an “open-door policy” for inventors who want to submit projects for assessment and possible development and support from the company. But Tetra Pak does not stop there. A vital part of Tetra Pak’s strategy is visiting Silicon Valley to learn about new technologies and trends. Three high-level ... Read more

Workplace Automation: Exploring the Next Frontier of Work

In a small startup in Silicon Valley, employee number twenty-three calls a meeting to attention and appraises each person attending the meeting on their progress. The meeting convener jots down these notes and compiles the results in a report. The entire meeting, which involved all twenty-two employees and includes note taking and report compilation takes just five minutes. In another similarly-sized company elsewhere, a similar meeting takes two to three hours. The difference? Employee number twenty-three is a Slack bot. At a large law firm in upstate New York, a new case has just started, and document discovery has just ... Read more

Three Ideas On How To Modernize A Legacy Manufacturing Business

Transforming a large manufacturing business is impossible without deploying an array of automation and logistics innovations, such as robotics and artificial intelligence. It is also unimaginable without startup scouting, a practice of partnering with young and fast-moving companies to make innovation happen faster. All these things were on a checklist for a group of Sonepar executives who visited Silicon Valley Innovation Center in September 2017. Sonepar is a French manufacturer of electrical parts and products with a history that spans 45 years across 44 countries. If you have an old refrigerator or a vacuum cleaner at home, there’s a good ... Read more


We’ve all seen our fair share of billion dollar companies in recent years. Brands like Twitter, Uber, Airbnb, and Groupon have all taken the market by storm and met with resounding success based on a felt consumer need – in areas as diverse as transportation, accommodations, food and events coupons, and social media. And so that’s why many prognosticators and trend followers have been surprised to see that #robotics hasn’t offered the equivalent. For quite some time now speculation has abounded as to when robots might go mainstream. In fact, back at the beginning of 2007, Bill Gates famously declared robots as the “next ... Read more


For years people have been speculating about when robots might be ready to go mainstream. Back at the beginning of 2007, Bill Gates famously declared robots as the “next big thing” and that the robotics industry was at the same place as the PC market in the late 70s – just ready to take off! Well, we’ve been waiting for a while now. But something significant has indeed transpired in the last 7 years that we didn’t then see on the horizon – the smartphone. The release of the iPhone a few months after Bill Gates declaration would signal the beginning of ... Read more

Wearables & Robots: How 2015 is shaping up to be an epic year in emerging technology and innovation

Anyone involved in the world of technology (and that covers most of you reading this) will likely agree that we’re seeing unheard of and unprecedented rates of growth. The industry is moving at lightning speed with more innovations and disruptive changes than ever witnessed before in such a short period of time. Put into historical context, we’re merely seeing the outgrowth of forces launched over 50 years ago with the invention of the transistor. The realization of Moore’s Law and the development of the microprocessor in the 1970s spawned the beginnings of the digital revolution, and a series of epic-making decades to follow: ... Read more


If you happen to be visiting the Orchard Supply Hardware Store in San Jose, CA, at the center of Silicon Valley anytime soon, you’ll be stepping into the future of retail. Meet OSHBot, the shopping assistant of the future , OSHBot is a human-sized, multi-lingual robot that will be rolling the aisles of Orchard Supply Hardware until the holidays, helping customers find what they need.  Announced a couple weeks ago, it is the result of a collaborative effort between Lowe’s Innovation Labs (as in the Lowe’s Home Improvement retail chain) and Fellow Robots, a technology company spin off from SU Labs at Singularity University. Upon entering ... Read more

Monetizing the Emerging Megatrend in Commercial Robotics (Video)

Silicon Valley Innovation Center organized The Robotics as a Business (RaaB) Conference to help investors, entrepreneurs and executives in disruption-prone companies, e.g. hospitality, fashion retail and education, address the following issues: How to stay relevant and grow business when robotics disrupt your industry What commercial robotics technologies and innovations you can take advantage of right now How to profit from the emerging trends in commercial robotics What does it take to turn a robotic technology into a billion-dollar company

Robotics As a Business

SAN MATEO, CA, May 28, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — Silicon Valley Innovation Center, a leader in executive education programs and conferences in technology innovation and entrepreneurship, today announced that registration is now open for the new “Robotics as a Business” Conference, July 30, 2015. The conference, that is taking place in the heart of Silicon Valley, is a full day event focused on how businesses can benefit from the emerging megatrends in commercial robotics. The event is expected to draw over 200 business executives in hospitality, education and retail as well as investment professionals, successful entrepreneurs and developers. Register here before June 1, 2015 to receive the Early Bird ... Read more