Savioke

Savioke develops and deploys autonomous robots that work in human environments to improve people’s lives. The company’s flagship product, Relay, is a beautifully simple yet sophisticated delivery robot that increases productivity, revenue, and delight for people across a range of markets, industries, and applications. Relay is the first delivery robot that works autonomously alongside people in busy environments such as hotels, high rise residential, industrial, and healthcare. Founded in 2013 by a team of leading robotics engineers, Savioke is backed by investors such Intel Capital, EDBI, Northern Light Venture Capital, Morado Venture Partners, AME Cloud Ventures, Recruit Partners, and Google Ventures. For more information, visit www.savioke.com.



about the company

Founders

As the President and CEO of Willow Garage, Steve Cousins is leading the charge to accelerate the personal robot revolution. He oversees all business aspects at Willow Garage, including development of robot hardware platforms, expansion of the acclaimed open source robot operating system ROS, and the research initiatives to understand the implications of personal robotics. A seasoned executive and entrepreneur, Steve brings a strong track record of bringing innovations to market. Prior to joining Willow Garage, Steve was the senior manager of the User-Focused Systems Research Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, one of the top human-computer interaction research groups in the world. Earlier, Steve managed the Advanced Systems Development Laboratory at the Xerox PARC. Steve has a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University and a BS and MS from Washington University. A native of Glenview, Illinois, Steve now resides in San Jose with his wife and three sons.

Savioke in the press

May 28, 2017

Judah vs. the Machines: In which a robot services a hotel room

Robots remain a rare sight outside of labs in most of the world, but in Silicon Valley, they have already started taking on service jobs. In this episode of Judah vs. the Machines, Judah visits the Crowne Plaza hotel in San Jose to check out Relay, a hotel service robot that can autonomously bring guests food and other necessities. After poking Relay’s creator, Steve Cousins, about equal pay for robots, Judah decides to compete head-to-head to see whether a machine can actually best a human at hospitality. The hotel arranges a competitive delivery challenge to see if Relay can secure higher service ratings from guests. See all eight episodes of Judah vs. the Machines here.

April 22, 2017

Is a “robot tax” really an “innovation penalty”?

A robot tax would help offset the reduced revenues flowing into public coffers as machines take some jobs previously held by humans. And if a robot tax was imposed, why wouldn’t a company simply classifying their new automation technology as “computers”, “appliances” or “equipment”? Of course, implementing a robot tax wouldn’t just be difficult due to the challenge of defining what is and isn’t a robot. When Gates talks about a robot tax, in essence, he’s talking about financially penalizing companies that deploy the latest automation technology — a sort of “innovation tax” — which, to me, is a backward tax. But a robot tax is not the answer to this problem.

March 10, 2017

Investing in Women, Investing in the Future: Silicon Valley Forum Announces 3rd Annual Women in Tech Festival

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Silicon Valley Forum’s Women in Tech Festival returns with “Building the She Economy” a two-day celebration of the achievements of women in STEM. Hosted at Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View, California, the Women in Tech Festival will feature over 35 of Silicon Valley’s powerful female thought leaders and most impressive women in tech. “The Women in Tech Festival is one of our signature programs, and it’s been exciting to watch the program grow exponentially each year,” said Silicon Valley Forum Executive Director Denyse Cardozo. About Silicon Valley Forum:At Silicon Valley Forum, we believe in the transformative power of entrepreneurship. Silicon Valley Forum is a fully independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

March 1, 2017

Cobalt Robotics Introduces a (Mostly) Autonomous Mobile Security Robot

We should note that there are other robots in this space already—namely, Knightscope, which makes a very imposing security robot. A third thing is that a mobile robot roaming the premises serves as an active deterrent to undesired behavior. While other people may have looked at robot security, we happened to look at it from the “right” perspective: our customers’ perspective. Cobalt can provide security coverage where there are currently major gaps at one-fifth to one-third the cost of a traditional solution. [ Cobalt Robotics ]

Feb. 17, 2017

SRI's Pioneering Mobile Robot Shakey Honored as IEEE Milestone

A group of Silicon Valley roboticists who developed Shakey, a pioneer mobile robot project, gathered last night at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., to dedicate the tall, wheeled machine as an IEEE Milestone. Joining the group were other robotics visionaries, IEEE officers and local IEEE section members, and fans of computing history. Shakey, developed at SRI International between 1966 and 1972, was honored as the world’s first mobile, intelligent robot. The official plaque, marking Shakey as an IEEE Milestone, reads:“Stanford Research Institute’s Artificial Intelligence Center developed the world’s first mobile, intelligent robot, SHAKEY. “Someone had in mind dropping the robot on a road in China and have it count tanks,” said Nils Nilsson, another Shakey project alum and Stanford computer science professor emeritus.

Feb. 7, 2017

London Science Museum has an amazing new robot exhibit

Also included are a couple of famous faces from science fiction, including a replica of Maria from Fritz Lang's 1927 film "Metropolis" and the original T-800 endoskeleton robot used in "Terminator Salvation." Andrew Hoyle/CNETThe definition of what makes a robot a robot can vary wildly among experts and technologists, taking in everything from the most basic mechanical toys to the most sophisticated drones and even self-driving cars. Andrew Hoyle/CNETThe only robot not to fit this mold is also one of the most impressive pieces on display. A mechanical silver swan on loan from the Bowes Museum will remain a part of the exhibition until March 23. Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum, said the exhibition will go on to tour internationally until at least 2021, though the specific cities and museums it will visit are yet to be finalized.

Jan. 7, 2017

All the robots of CES 2017

Even when, back in December, we predicted the robots were coming, we didn't realize quite how many bots we would encounter. If robots have been a big trend of the show, the prevalence of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has been even bigger. Along with the many robots designed to play a key role in smart homes, there were also several educational robots at the show. "One of my predictions for 2017 is that twice as many people are going to interact with robots as they did in 2016," said Steve Cousins, CEO of Savioke, a company which makes delivery robots for hotels. Here are some of the robots you might be lucky enough to meet this year that CNET saw at the show:

Dec. 13, 2016

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

A small robot, outfitted with 3D cameras, was loaded up with a bath kit, a newspaper and a spare towel. In other words, room-service robots are just the start of something much bigger. The combination of 3D cameras, real-time processors and machine learning is poised to make an impact that is broader and deeper. But the combination of 3D cameras, real-time processors and machine learning is poised to make an impact that is broader and deeper. Agriculture is another key market, with companies such as India’s GRoboMac building specialized machinery for harvesting cotton using 3D cameras and machine-learning systems.

Dec. 8, 2016

14 Women in AI You Should Follow on Twitter

I’m actually partnering with Women Who Tech for the 4th Women Startup Challenge at Google and focused on women-led ventures in artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR). My team and I have compiled a list of 14 women in AI (in no particular order) who you should be following on Twitter:1. She is also a Cofounder at Replika, where she is hoping to develop chatbots that mimic an individual’s personality using artificial intelligence. Marie desJardinsFollow @mariedj17Marie desJardins is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Stephanie MuellerFollow @StephanieStephanie Mueller is an Associate Professor in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department beginning January 2017.

Dec. 3, 2016

Robots, jobs and the human fear of change

But what does history really tell us about the impact of new technologies on jobs and the economy? I care deeply about how robots will impact society as automation continues to rapidly transform the economy. Boston research firm Forrester recently predicted robots will result in a net loss of 7 percent of American jobs by 2025. I’m not naive enough to say automation won’t impact jobs. Thus, as robots take over mundane tasks, humans can rise into more fulfilling jobs as operators of these machines.

Feb. 16, 2016

The Savioke Robot Is Headed To A Hotel Near You

The Relay was born when the team was working at Willow Garage to figure out how robots could help humans. After all, calling upon Baphomet and/or playing Firewatch takes absolute concentration and I don’t want humans intruding on my reverie. “It’s not a question of job risk, but the particular task of room delivery is being taken away from humans,” said Cousins. That’s why the folks at Savioke are building the Relay. The costs of building a smart robot went down thanks to the open source Robot Operating System and, in short, it got much easier to build a helper bot without breaking the bank.

Feb. 7, 2016

Robots deliver fun with hotel room service orders, and they don't expect a tip

The hotel staff punches in a room number on the robot's touch screen and Relay rolls into the elevator and up to the designated room. Instead, it is more likely to free up front desk staff to do more complicated hotel chores, he said. A few hotels put computer tablets in the rooms that guests can use to order room service, request a taxi or close the blinds. Major hotel operators such as Marriott International have created smartphone apps to let guests check in using their mobile devices. Although Relay is primarily a novelty designed to attract tech-happy guests, hotel owners and managers say they are pursuing other automation technology to cut down on the industry's two biggest expenses: staffing and energy costs.

Jan. 15, 2016

EDBI invests in US robotics company, Technology

EDBI, the corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board, has joined Intel Capital and Northern Light Venture Capital in providing US$15 million in Series A financing for robotics company Savioke. The Santa Clara, California-based company is creating autonomous robots for the services industry, including Relay, which is the world's first autonomous hotel delivery robot. Savioke aims to improve the lives of people by developing and deploying robotic technology in human environments, according to Steve Cousins, Savioke's CEO. Chu Swee Yeok, EDBI's CEO and president, said the organisation was pleased to support Savioke's activities in Singapore to advance the application of innovative robotics technology in the local services industry, and realise Singapore's vision as a Smart Nation. This round brings the total raised to date to US$17.6 million, following its seed investment from Morado Venture Partners, AME Cloud Ventures, Google Ventures, and additional individual investors.

Jan. 14, 2016

StrictlyVC: January 14, 2016

Other participants in the round include Northern Light Venture Capital and EDBI, which invests for Singapore’s economic development agency. If ScrapeSentry raised venture funding, it doesn’t appear to have reported it. Slice of Lime doesn’t appear to have raised venture funding. Looker, a four-year-old, Santa Cruz, Ca.-based business intelligence startup, has raised $48 million in Series C funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Venture Capital Dispatch has more here.

Jan. 14, 2016

This room service robot is gaining ground in the world's posh hotels

It makes room deliveries independently, calling elevators via WiFi to navigate between floors. To observers, using a delivery robot to disrupt room service certainly seemed like a strange target for a promising group of Bay Area roboticists. Yesterday the maker of hotel delivery bot Relay announced $15 million in Series A financing. That brings the total raised for Savioke to $17.6 million, following seed investment from Morado Venture Partners, Google Ventures, and others. Since the introduction of Relay in late 2014, the robot fleet has been busy.

Jan. 14, 2016

StrictlyVC: January 14, 2016

Other participants in the round include Northern Light Venture Capital and EDBI, which invests for Singapore’s economic development agency. If ScrapeSentry raised venture funding, it doesn’t appear to have reported it. Slice of Lime doesn’t appear to have raised venture funding. Looker, a four-year-old, Santa Cruz, Ca.-based business intelligence startup, has raised $48 million in Series C funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Venture Capital Dispatch has more here.

Jan. 13, 2016

Savioke’s Hotel Robots Spark $15M Investment for Robot Fleet

What’s the most commonly requested thing delivered by the hotel robots? One of the Savioke robots brought a Diet Coke to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich onstage as he was making a keynote speech. A high-profile Relay delivery at the Intel Developer Forum in August might have foreshadowed the funding from Intel’s investment arm. The Santa Clara, CA-based startup, founded in 2013, plans to use the cash infusion to expand its fleet of rolling robots, which deliver towels, Starbucks coffee, and other items, to hotel guests at their doors. Savioke announced during the forum that it had equipped its robots with Intel’s RealSense cameras.

Jan. 13, 2016

Intel Joins Robotics Investing Boom, Backing Startup Savioke

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Jan. 13, 2016

Intel Capital leads $15M funding round to help Santa Clara-based Savioke develop its hotel room delivery robot

Enlarge Steve Cousins, founder and CEO of Santa Clara-based Savioke, which raised $15M to develop… moreCEO Steve Cousins founded the Santa Clara-based startup in 2013 to create autonomous robots for the services industry. Savioke will use the funding to expand sales, marketing and product developments for the Relay robot. The Relay robot is already making routine room deliveries at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Los Angeles on LAX/Century Boulevard and the Relay fleet made over 11,000 guest deliveries in 2015. Home of the Day Sponsor Listing Spacious and Captivating Home in Prime Pacific HeightsEnlarge Steve Cousins, founder and CEO of Santa Clara-based Savioke, which raised $15M to develop… moreRobotics startup Savioke raised $15 million in Series A funding Wednesday to develop its hotel room delivery robot. The company built Relay, the world's first autonomous hotel delivery robot, which is now deployed at five of the world's major hotel brands.

Jan. 13, 2016

Intel Joins Robotics Investing Boom, Backing Startup Savioke

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