What makes Home robots succeed or fail?
Reviewing a research paper in the context of Anki Vector
Researchers led by Prof. Selma Sabanovic in Indiana University recently published a paper in the International Journal of Social Robots, which they kindly gave me access to. The authors did great market research and analysis on what makes home robots succeed or fail based on data from 448 products sold via Kickstarter/Indiegogo over an eight year period (2011-2018). I found this paper to be an excellent epitome of the kind of background work that entrepreneurs ought to do while trying to bake a new product design. The authors categorized and labelled the data, performed a variety of statistical operations, and did sentiment analysis on comments left by product users to generate some very interesting results. Here are some interesting conclusions from this paper on what specifically does and does not work when it comes to home robots.
Having the ability to take videos with a camera is one of the most important features people expect in home robots. Integration with other cameras such a…