Hi. We’d love to introduce ourselves and our vision called Modbot. We are Adam and Daniel and we are two creative hackers from Melbourne in Australia. Hackers might not be the most accurate term actually. We met in university and shared a passion for modern robotics since we were children. After uni we developed robots in the Automotive and the Defence sectors all around the country and it was 10 years later that chance brought us back together in Melbourne. At that time we struggled to answer the following question …
Where’s all the cool robots?
Now we certainly aren’t saying that robots don’t exist, they are in fact everywhere. You could consider a vending machine or automatic doors as kinds of robots. But what we had learned was that robots were complex, incredibly expensive and inaccessible. Where were the robots that were in the movies, that were written about in books. Even the Jetsons had Rosie the robot housemaid. Well, some of those kinds of robots do exist. Honda is building ASIMO and Boston Dynamics has the famous Big Dog but ASIMO cost over 1 million dollars just to manufacture and building these robots at the moment requires specialist knowledge and complicated equipment. This is where the Modbot vision steps in. We believe that if everybody had access to good quality robot hardware, then the bandwidth for innovation would increase. Simply put, if more inventive minds could afford and access better, smarter and cheaper robot bits, then useful robots would become commonplace.
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