Future Construct Episode 11 - Startup Spotlight 1: Joe Michaels and Tessa Lau

On this special episode of the Future Construct Podcast (1 hour interview), we spotlight leaders of two startups: Joe Michaels (@joemich), Chief Revenue Officer at HaptX, Inc.; and Tessa Lau (@tessalau), the Founder and CEO of Dusty Robotics, as they join host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY)
to discuss:

  • Current and practical use cases for haptics and robotics among other emerging technologies.
  • Features of haptic gloves and other wearables that will continue to shape how we interact with technology, and the convergence of those with robotics, AR/VR, and artificial intelligence.
  • The value that robotics holds in the future of technology across multiple industries, and the trends that will influence the direction of that technological evolution.
  • Their ideal gadgets of the future, 20-25 years from now, not based in reality, that would make their lives better and easier.

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More on Joe Michaels:

Joe leads business development, marketing and sales for the premium haptics solution that brings lifelike touch to VR and robotics, HaptX, Inc. With over 15 years of business development experience, he specializes in structuring partnerships for companies on the leading edge of new media, including digital publishers and XR technologies.

As Microsoft’s former Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy, Joe negotiated partnerships on behalf of MSN, striking deals with television networks, film studios, television producers, music labels, news publishers, sports leagues and many others. He was instrumental in the development of MSN Video, the first major ad-supported video service on the Internet, as well as MSN Originals, a pioneer in the rise of the digital video series.

More on Tessa Lau:

Dr. Tessa Lau is an experienced entrepreneur with expertise in AI, machine learning, and robotics. Prior to her founding Dusty Robotics, Dr. Lau was CTO/co-founder at Savioke, where she orchestrated the deployment of over 75 delivery robots into hotels and high-rises; she was a research scientist at Willow Garage, where she developed simple interfaces for personal robots; and spent 11 years at IBM Research, working in business process automation and knowledge capture.

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We sincerely hope you enjoy this special episode of the Future Construct podcast and we would love to hear your suggestions for future guests!

- All good things, Luke Lightning, PhD


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Click to listen to our interview with Joe and Tessa on Apple, Spotify or Google, or watch on YouTube.


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0:41 Amy Peck introduces the Chief Revenue Officer at HaptX, Inc., Joe Michaels.

4:26 Do the visual and the audio components of the haptic gloves help the experience of what you're seeing and feeling?

6:04 So, what are some the practical use cases that your customers are using
haptics for?

28:31 If you could project yourself 20 to 25 years in the future, and you could create any gadget to bring with you to make you happy or make your life easier, what would it be and what would it do?


32:38 Amy Peck introduces Founder and CEO of Dusty Robotics, Tessa Lau.

38:22 So, there's robotics, AR/VR, artificial intelligence, and all of these emerging technologies. Do you see a convergence in all of these technologies with what you're doing, and are you seeing anyone deploying in that way?

44:56 So I'd love to just look at the landscape. Do you see some other areas that you plan to go into, or some other ways or trends for the future where this kind of technology can continue to be valuable?

58:05 So, project yourself 20 to 25 years in the future, and you can have any gadget you want that makes your life better, makes you happy, and it doesn't have to be based in reality at all, what would it be and what would it do?


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