About Balaji Viswanathan

I'm the cofounder and CEO of Invento Robotics. I have been in tech industry for 12 years and have worked in a range of products starting from Microsoft Windows in Redmond. I'm also the most followed writer on Quora and a winner of multiple international awards for research and innovation.
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How robots can help in visitor engagement?

Last week I walked into the lobby of a top multinational company. I went to the receptionist and she asked me to fill in my details. Again! I have done it 3 times before in meeting up with executives in closing a deal. I finished it. She asked me to wait and then began placing [...]

By | 2018-06-25T12:24:39+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Robotics, Videos|0 Comments

Our vision: What would robotics by 2030 be like?

Here is what my vision for robotics by 2030: Robots would be all-pervading. In every office, every home, every store — just as computers are today. They would complement humans in a lot of tasks just as the PCs in your lap do. They would be able to provide companionship to senior citizens living alone. They [...]

By | 2018-06-25T12:20:10+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Robotics|0 Comments

How robots can help in banking & finance?

We see a lot of potential for robots in the banking & finance industry. The two key factors behind this assumption are the increasing adoption rate, increasing improvements in AI and machine learning. A few months ago RBI asked me to give a talk to the bank MDs and top executives on the potential for robotics [...]

By | 2018-06-15T15:02:43+00:00 June 15th, 2018|blog, Economy|0 Comments

Why don’t police in developed countries like Australia have sophisticated robots?

We are a few years away from that although a lot of work is going on to make that happen. Many police SWAT teams have already started using robots for reconnaissance in dangerous situations. (Mississippi State's CAVS Center helps Starkville police go high-tech with drones) In grad school, I was working on a similar topic. Here is [...]

By | 2018-06-12T18:27:34+00:00 June 11th, 2018|blog, Robotics|Comments Off on Why don’t police in developed countries like Australia have sophisticated robots?

Why there are only a few robotics startups when there are many programming APIs for robotics?

Running a hardware business is quite hard anywhere and more so in India. Regulations in multiple industries apply to robotics companies — with required compliance in data, telecommunication, industrial machines and so on. Not to forget the high costs that are a part and parcel of this industry. Look at cars for instance. They are [...]

By | 2018-06-11T11:49:59+00:00 June 7th, 2018|blog, Robotics|Comments Off on Why there are only a few robotics startups when there are many programming APIs for robotics?

9 key sectors that will be revolutionised by robots.

This is a video recap of the talk I delivered to World Bank on Jun 6 2018. I will talk about how robotics will revolutionise some of the key sectors - healthcare, banking, retail and disaster management. Slides are here How robots will change 9 key sectors by 2021. Invento presentation-World Bank from Balaji Viswanathan

By | 2018-06-07T17:19:07+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Robotics|Comments Off on 9 key sectors that will be revolutionised by robots.

What is the difference between Pepper robot of Softbank and Mitra robot?

Pepper is indeed the closest to Mitra in our category. It is a beautiful robot built through a decade of hard work by Aldebaran and later acquired by Softbank. They have been around for a long time, have a lot of global brand recognition and is a much-matured product. However, Pepper robot has a few [...]

By | 2018-06-07T17:55:22+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Robotics|Comments Off on What is the difference between Pepper robot of Softbank and Mitra robot?