Room-service robots — and that’s just the start

Ramamurthy Sivakumar Crunch Network Contributor Ramamurthy Sivakumar is a vice president and managing director at Intel Capital. He oversees investments in immersive sports, healthcare and perceptual computing. How to join the networkAt a popular hotel nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, two long-separated technologies came together not long ago — all in the name of toothpaste. A small robot, outfitted with 3D cameras, was loaded up with a bath kit, a newspaper and a spare towel. It then took the supplies, rolled out of the lobby, called for the elevator and delivered the items to a guest room. Since this demo last fall, a fleet of Relay robots made by Savioke, a company in our investment portfolio, has made more than 50,000 similar deliveries in six cities across North America.…


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