Savioke

Savioke (pronounced "savvy oak") is creating autonomous robot helpers for the services industry. We are passionate about delivering easy-to-use yet sophisticated robots that can help people. We aim to improve the lives of people by developing and deploying robotic technology in human environments - the places people live and work. Over time, personal robots will help people to achieve their potential, enhancing our strengths, overcoming our weaknesses, and endowing us with new capabilities we are just beginning to imagine. We are inspired by people who use technology to overcome disabilities, and we believe that robots have the potential to make all of our lives better. We treat our employees, our customers, our suppliers, our partners and most importantly those who use our technology with the respect that is due to all people. We enjoy what we do, and aim for our technology to bring joy those who encounter it. And we hold each other to a high level of responsibility and performance, so that as a company we can achieve great things. Focus, focus, focus. Every great journey begins with a single step. We will build the simplest mobile robot we can that provides value in the service industry, get them into the world, and grow from there. We are revolutionizing the way things move in hotels, elder care facilities, hospitals, restaurants… anywhere people sleep or eat. Our first product is not announced yet, so please stay tuned for more information.



about the company

Founders

Steve Cousins is passionate about building and deploying robotic technology to help people. Before founding Savioke, he was the President and CEO of Willow Garage, where he oversaw the creation of the robot operating system (ROS), the PR2 robot, and the open source TurtleBot. In the last three years of his tenure there, Willow Garage spun off 8 successful companies: Suitable Technologies (maker of the Beam remote presence system) Industrial Perception, Inc. (Acquired by Google in 2013) Redwood Robotics (Acquired by Google in 2013) HiDOF (ROS and robotics consulting) Unbounded Robotics The Open Source Robotics Foundation The OpenCV Foundation The Open Perception Foundation Steve is an active participant in the Robots for Humanity project. Steve has been a senior manager at IBM's Almaden Research Center, and a member of the senior staff at Xerox PARC. Steve holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, BS and MS degrees in computer science from Washington University, and earned a micro-MBA while at IBM.

Savioke in the press

May 2, 2016

100 noteworthy young startups -- and what they tell us about tech this year

One interesting trend we spotted was the apparent birth of a startup meta-industry — startups building products for other startups is becoming a thing. Jeremiah Smith is a cofounder of Startup Tracker, a browser extension that aggregates, crawls, and crowdsources structured data about startups. We decided to put together a list of the 100 most interesting little-known startups in existence right now and to analyze the underlying patterns. Looking at what early-stage startups are working on is not only entertaining — and sometimes concerning — it can also be a good indicator of where tech is headed. Conversely, some startups are creating their own market, offering us entirely new things to do and ways to work.

April 7, 2016

Xconomy Forum: Robo Madness West

Xconomy Forum: Robo Madness WestEvent Location McEnery Convention Center, West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA, United States Register NowWith self-driving cars, delivery drones, and automated retail systems just around the corner, startups and big companies alike are investing big money into robotics. They’re capitalizing on advances in distributed sensors, human-computer interaction, and machine intelligence to solve new problems in business and industry. Registration InformationProcrastinator’s Special (Ends 11:59PM 6/21): $95 with code Robo95Startup Special: $75 with code STARTUPTickets are for employees of startups less than 3 years old with 20 or fewer employees. Which emerging technologies and business models hold the most promise? But what are the real opportunities and pitfalls in these markets?

Feb. 16, 2016

The Savioke Robot Is Headed To A Hotel Near You

The Relay was born when the team was working at Willow Garage to figure out how robots could help humans. After all, calling upon Baphomet and/or playing Firewatch takes absolute concentration and I don’t want humans intruding on my reverie. “It’s not a question of job risk, but the particular task of room delivery is being taken away from humans,” said Cousins. That’s why the folks at Savioke are building the Relay. The costs of building a smart robot went down thanks to the open source Robot Operating System and, in short, it got much easier to build a helper bot without breaking the bank.

Feb. 7, 2016

Robots deliver fun with hotel room service orders, and they don't expect a tip

The hotel staff punches in a room number on the robot's touch screen and Relay rolls into the elevator and up to the designated room. Instead, it is more likely to free up front desk staff to do more complicated hotel chores, he said. A few hotels put computer tablets in the rooms that guests can use to order room service, request a taxi or close the blinds. Major hotel operators such as Marriott International have created smartphone apps to let guests check in using their mobile devices. Although Relay is primarily a novelty designed to attract tech-happy guests, hotel owners and managers say they are pursuing other automation technology to cut down on the industry's two biggest expenses: staffing and energy costs.

Jan. 14, 2016

This room service robot is gaining ground in the world's posh hotels

It makes room deliveries independently, calling elevators via WiFi to navigate between floors. To observers, using a delivery robot to disrupt room service certainly seemed like a strange target for a promising group of Bay Area roboticists. Yesterday the maker of hotel delivery bot Relay announced $15 million in Series A financing. That brings the total raised for Savioke to $17.6 million, following seed investment from Morado Venture Partners, Google Ventures, and others. Since the introduction of Relay in late 2014, the robot fleet has been busy.