When the company started, Robust.AI’s founders had no intention of making hardware. “Hardware’s hard,” co-founder and CTO Rodney Brooks tells TechCrunch, “and doing hardware at scale is harder. It takes a lot of resources and it takes a long time to get there. Which is why people love pure software plays: the marginal cost of another copy is free.”
The notion was, no doubt, compounded by Brooks’ long history in robotics hardware, first as an MIT professor and then as a co-founder of iRobot and Rethink. Doubly so in the wake of the latter’s 2018 closure.
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