The iPal™ Robot – Description, Demonstration, and Discussion of use Cases

Speaker: John S. Ostrem, Ph.D.
Affiliation: CEO, AvatarMind

Abstract:  Our focus from the beginning was to create a fully functional humanoid robot that is affordable for ordinary families, not just institutions.  Other robots with our capability cost $8-10K or more (such as Pepper), while our retail price will be in the range $1500-2000.  More details are given at

Currently, we are in full scale manufacturing, have released a product in China, and are working towards US consumer products for the end of the year.  However, we are already delivering a developer/platform version of iPal to “early adopters.”  Use cases include elder care, retail, and hospital, children with special needs.

Biography:   John S. Ostrem, Ph.D. is the CEO AvatarMind.

AvatarMind was founded in 2014.  Our vision is to create highly capable, humanoid robots that are affordable for ordinary families, not just institutions.  ​The company was founded by a group of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, PhDs from top universities, and robot experts from robotic companies. We have an experienced research team with deep experience in artificial intelligence, motion control, sensors and power management technologies.​​

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Date(s) - Oct 26, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

E-IV Tesla Room #53-125
420 Westwood Plaza - 5th Flr., Los Angeles CA 90095