Is robotics where PCs were in the 1980s?

That seems to be the big bet that Dimitry Grishin of Grishin Robotics, an investment fund for robots and their developers, is making. From academia and expensive, years-in-the-making prototypes, he envisions inexpensive, mass-market robots which solve simple everyday problems through good design, and are not necessarily humanoid or Gumby-like. Also they must be developed quickly to get user feedback. Grishin’s first investment is Double Robotics, a 15 lb. ‘cylinder on a stick’ telepresence robot. MedCityNews. VB (Venture Beat)/Dev on Double Robotics (video).