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 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?

How to teach coding to your 10 year old?

I started coding around that age [about 12] and one of the things that helped me was being part of a right group. The kid needs to belong to the right group — where the other kids energise and motivate rather than seeing coding as something uncool.  Pull your children away from those with a [...]

By | 2018-06-07T17:58:03+00:00 June 6th, 2018|blog, Robotics|Comments Off on How to teach coding to your 10 year old?

An argument with a Japanese Entrepreneur. Building a lean hardware start-up.

During the Nasscom Emerge 50 awards [India has the world’s third-largest startup base–meet the product firms exhibiting at NASSCOM Product Conclave 2017] I got into an argument with a Japanese entrepreneur. He was a bit unhappy that we were not able to make it to the CEATEC expo [missed due to a visa issue] that [...]

By | 2018-06-06T10:03:30+00:00 June 6th, 2018|blog|Comments Off on An argument with a Japanese Entrepreneur. Building a lean hardware start-up.

Who will be buying the burgers that are going to be cooked and served by robots?

I get this kind of question all the time. Since I run a robotics company people come and ask me if I would take away their jobs. There is often a visceral fear of robotics and automation. I get it. Jobs are important and the foundation of our economy. However, people similarly feared about computers [...]

By | 2018-06-03T12:48:55+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Economy|Comments Off on Who will be buying the burgers that are going to be cooked and served by robots?

Opening of Invento’s new office.

Recently Invento Robotics moved to a new office in Bengaluru. We have taken two floors of a office building -- one floor for development center and another for production. Canara Bank General Manager Mr. Rajagopal cut the ribbon and formally inaugurated the place. Here are the photos of the inauguration.   Photos by Mohan Girhe.

By | 2018-06-03T19:01:10+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Team Culture|Comments Off on Opening of Invento’s new office.

The great moments we had in Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Honestly, it was overwhelming. Things went truly viral and we were completely unprepared. We were so unprepared that we left the arena while there were important dignitaries trying to talk to us. Thanks to all of you for making this magical and thanks for your wonderful compliments. I was just a few feet from Mr.Modi [...]

By | 2018-06-02T21:53:54+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|blog|Comments Off on The great moments we had in Global Entrepreneurship Summit