Kuri – a home robot for life
The start-up Mayfield Robotics turns robots into true members of the family
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At CES 2017, Bosch start-up Mayfield Robotics introduced Kuri, a robot for the home. Their first robots are scheduled to ship in December 2017. The idea behind this little robot from Silicon Valley is to create connections between family members, and in doing so enrich their lives and bring them joy.
Kaijen Hsiao (CTO) and Sarah Osentoski (COO) can’t help but smile when they think back to the day when Kuri was nearly barred from entering Germany. It took them quite a while to get the customs officer at Stuttgart airport to understand what they had with them in a 60 centimeter tall box. “She’s a robot. Her name is Kuri,” Kaijen said.
Kaijen and Sarah are two of the three co-founders of Mayfield Robotics, a Bosch start-up in the United States. The small home robot is the heart of the start-up. Her creators believe that Kuri will become part of the family: joyful, useful, and inspiring. “To get to know Kuri, you have to see him in action. Photos just don’t do him justice,” says Mike Beebe, the CEO and third co-founder of Mayfield Robotics.
Mayfield Robotics is based in Redwood City, California – right in the heart of Silicon Valley. This is where a team of 50 people work daily on developing Kuri, or an “adorable home robot,” as they call him. Unlike other home robots, Kuri is not just designed to help in the home, but above all to inspire children to think about technology and software.
Mayfield Robotics: behind the scenes
Mike Beebe is passionate about start-ups. He has been instrumental in getting quite a few of them off the ground and making them what they are today. As a serial company founder and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he was at first skeptical as to whether a large enterprise like Bosch could offer the freedom he needed to get a start-up going.
“Don’t hire someone you wouldn’t go on a road trip with.”
Kaijen Hsiao, co-founder of Mayfield Robotics
In Silicon Valley, the Bosch start-up Mayfield Robotics has developed the home robot Kuri. She's not only useful, but also cheerful and inspiring, with all it takes to be a real member of the family.