Your Mind is the Greatest Processor


Robotics starts with mimicking life, but when life starts to mimic robotics we begin to have a paradigm shift. Every day the hot topic centers around how humans and robotics will interact, but perhaps we have already crossed paths. Google introduced the world to Glass.  Above please see the promo video of their Internet-connected glasses that connect to the digital right before your eyes (think Geordi La Forge from Star Trek’s Next Generation).   Essentially these high powered spectacles have a left side for the processor and battery and a right brain for the display and camera.   As Google founder Sergey states, “beauty, style and comfort are as important to Glass as the latest technology. We are delighted to bring Glass to the runway…” The price is just under haute couture at $1,500. Just as Google’s Glass promises to enhance the real world experience, Interaxon’s Muse plans to harness your brain to better control it. Muse is a headband that enables users to “track and train their minds” to control a growing number of electronic devices. As Interaxon calls it a “heart monitor for your brain.” that syncs your emotions, moods, memory with your iPhone or iPad to eventually control a world of Apps.  These would include everything from Angry Birds to home appliances. As Muse is open source, a world of developers started to access their brains to take over the planet (kind of a scary thought).  Muse, like Glass, is still in the prototyping stage, but aims to arm a billion humans with its $199 headbands to generate trillions of brian-waves to control a fleet of robots. Reprinted with permission.

About the author: Oliver Mitchell

Oliver Mitchell is the Founding Partner of Autonomy Ventures a New York based venture capital firm focused on seed stage investments in robotics, autonomous mobility and artificial intelligence. He has spent the last twenty years building and selling ventures, including: Holmes Protection to ADT/Tyco, Americash to American Express, and launching RobotGalaxy, a national EdTech brand. Oliver has been investing in the robotic industry for close to 10 years, with four successful exits in his angel portfolio in the past two years (including 2 IPOs). He is also a member of New York Angels and co-chairs the Frontier Tech Committee.

As father of five, Oliver launched RobotGalaxy in 2006 to fill a personal need: he wanted a wholesome activity for his son. RobotGalaxy’s patented toys were a national phenomena available at Toys’R’Us, Nordstrom Department Stores, and online that connected to a virtual world and library of mobile apps.

Before RobotGalaxy, Oliver was involved in a number of successful technology ventures and real estate developments. Oliver was part of the executive team of Softcom/IVT, an interactive video startup backed by Allen & Co., Intel Capital (NASDAQ:INTC) and Sun Microsystems. At IVT, Oliver was instrumental in expanding the market for their products with such leading broadcasters as HBO, Showtime, and Home Shopping Network.

Prior to IVT, Oliver was a founding member of AmeriCash, Inc., a network of ATMs in high traffic retail locations. AmeriCash was acquired by American Express (NYSE:AXP) within 32 months of operations. Oliver was also instrumental in the development of Holmes Protection and its sale to ADT/Tyco International (NYSE:TYC). Oliver has extensive background in merchant banking and advertising. He started his career at Kirshenbaum, Bond & Partners.

Oliver holds 14 patents and has appeared on numerous television shows, including: The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Fox Business News, The Today Show, and Rachel Ray. He also serves as a mentor on the Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator Fund, and advises many technology companies on their growth strategies including Greensight Agronomics and Que Innovations.

Oliver is also the publisher of the well-known robotics blog Robot Rabbi and is in the midst of writing a book entitled, “An Innovator’s Field Guide: Taking Ideas From Zero to Hero.”

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