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Article in Electronics For You – December 2009 [PDF FIle]
… Ultimately, we converge on Robhatah Robotic Solutions, in which he is a significant investor with Indian Angel Network (IAN) co-founder Saurabh Shrivastava and Rajeev Karwal. The startup was incorporated in India in 2007 by Dr Prahlad Vadakkepat and Janesh Janardhan, though its roots go back to Singapore in 2004.
Long before the funding, Robhatah had a $25,000 order from a university in China. Now, it has a client in a large household-appliance maker. “This can become huge,” Roy believes. The bent towards business development without compromising on R&D also excited the investors. “It is always looking to convert inventions to apps,” says Roy. As of now, Robhatah’s made 12 types of robots with applications, including a surgical robot for John Hopkins University.
Exactly 13 years ago, professor and entrepreneur Prahlad Vadakkepat engineered a few games of soccer that eventually led to the birth of a multi-million dollar industry in South Korea. This was soccer with a twist. The players were not humans, they were robots. The games in question were part of the first Federation of International Robosoccer Associations (FIRA) championship, which kicked off in Korea, in 1996. Vadakkepat, who was living there at the time, co-founded FIRA. That event helped robotics top the popularity charts and spawned many start-ups.
I’m hoping the 2010 robosoccer event in Bangalore will encourage entrepreneurs and manufacturing in the robotics space.—Prof Prahlad Vadakkepat, Co-Founder, Federation of Int’l Robosoccer Associations.