AFFORDABLE ROBOT BUTLERS
THE MASTER PLAN
At Slate Robotics, we're building a future with robot butlers -- robots that help us do the dishes, do the laundry, and tidy-up around the house. We want to live in a world where each of us have more time to spend on things we love with people we love. This ambitious goal won't be easy, but we've made a plan for how to get there.
PHASE 1: PLATFORM FOR DEVELOPERS
2017 - 2021
Our first goal of the company is to develop a robust development platform that makes it easy for developers to build apps. The platform has to be precise enough to perform complex tasks, capable of understanding the world around it, and incredibly durable. It has to be safe to operate around humans, and it needs to be able to work in human environments. Most importantly, it has to be at an affordable price-point.
PHASE 2: ROBUST TELEOPERATION
2021 - 2023
Our robots will perform house chores by having humans directly involved in the decision-making process. They will tell the robot which rooms to go to, which objects to pick up, and will be there to help if the robot gets stuck. This semi-autonomy will allow one person to control up to 10 robots at a time, which keeps the effective cost of labor down. Since AI isn't good enough yet, this is the best option.
PHASE 3: SCALE MANUFACTURING
2023 - 2025
Building a robot is hard. Building tens of thousands of robots is harder! Once we have the underlying technology developed that enables robots to perform basic house chores, our focus will turn to scaling manufacturing based on consumer demand. If our product is as good as we hope it will be, there will be a lot of demand. This will require a very complex coordination of design, engineering, sourcing materials, and building out processes and facilities.
Zach Allen, CEO
Zach founded Slate Robotics in 2017. He designs and implements the technology that enables our robots to be affordable, reliable, and highly capable. Zach is dedicated to building a future of robot butlers, and in that pursuit, he has made several, key innovations in reducing the costs of these complex machines – including designs for low-cost torque sensing and low-cost, high-payload actuators.