Kambria (KAT) Robotics & AI - ICO Review, Rating and Details of Kambria ICO (Token Sale) - Rating: Pass

Kambria is the first blockchain project to build an open innovation platform for frontier technology. Kambria will allow for many verticals, including Biotech, Space, and Autonomous Vehicles to be developed and thrive in the ecosystem.

We are focusing first on the AI and Robotics vertical with the backing of our well-established robotics company, OhmniLabs. Through existing partnerships with top universities and large international corporations, as well as access to talented developers, we aim to build an ecosystem that can bring the next wave of frontier technology to provide value to billions of people around the world.

Returns Since ICO

  • ICO Price in USD: $0.002. ROIx in USD: 0.38x USD
  • ICO Price in BTC: 0.00000102 BTC. ROIx in BTC: 0.1x BTC
  • ICO Price in ETH: 0.00002938 ETH. ROIx in ETH: 0.98x ETH

Problems & Solutions

Current progress in the robotics industry is impeded by siloed development, wasted labor, and high startup costs. As a result, the pace of innovation is needlessly slowed. Although robots have succeeded in finding their place in manufacturing, they have not yet been widely adopted in the home. After more than half a century of research, progress has been slow in making affordable robots that can address our everyday needs in the home. Traditional development processes used by robotics companies result in high cost production, which is not effective for the everyday consumer market. Only robots programmed to do very simple household tasks, such as vacuuming or mowing, were able to capitalize on the small profit margins resulting from consumer products. Highly functional robots, including the Honda Asimoiv that can walk up the stairs and Toyota’s Human Support Robotv that can fetch, are limited to research facilities due to their expensive price tags. OhmniLabs does not believe that this will be commercially viable in the near future.

It is clear that the problems robotics engineers struggled with from the beginning of robotic development are still prevalent today.

  • Lack of good interfaces and abstraction layers for software, electrical, and mechanical systems.
  • Lack of tools, semantics, and methods to share parts of designs in distributed fashion.
  • Significant portions of expended effort are implicitly discarded.
  • Robotic applications are slow, expensive, and hard to make. Innovation is slowed.
  • Slow turnaround, high minimums, and poor interfaces from "traditional" manufacturers.

KI’s mission is to accelerate the process of innovation, enabling faster, cheaper, and easier development and adoption of technologies.

KI believes that fostering an open collaborative ecosystem, where every contribution can easily be shared, manufactured, and implemented will be revolutionary. Companies can benefit from the collective contribution from the community to build custom applications without having to employ teams of experienced researchers who are very difficult to find and employ. End users can enjoy the higher quality of life afforded by more available tech products and services. KI believes that a combination of reduced costs, cutting edge technologies, and swift delivery will spur rapid adoption of the Kambria Platform by companies, developers, and manufacturers. This cycle of innovation will pave the way for the next wave of innovations to provide value for people across the world.

In order to achieve this vision, OhmniLabs is granting to KI a non-exclusive royalty-free license of necessary components of its Ohmni robot, consisting of a robotics repository, high-level behavioral library, and modular components, as the basis for the Kambria Platform. KI will own the applicable intellectual property rights associated with the platform.

The founders named the platform Kambria, after the Cambrian Explosion, 500 million years ago, when an accelerated evolutionary rate gave rise to biodiversity and abundance. They believe the Kambria Platform will be the catalyst for a similar explosion in robotic innovations.

Features & Highlights

  • Bootstrap Community Quickly with a dramatically lower barrier to entry and financial incentives
  • Capitalize on Network Effects to aggregate compelling technology
  • Discourage Free-Riders through penalties and legal actions
  • Reward First-Movers via tokens and attribution on the blockchain

Token Utility & Use Cases

The Kambria Platform architecture is made up of five pillars: Code Base (KDNA), the innovation marketplace, the manufacturing alliance, value capture, and legal enforcement. Each pillar directly addresses the shortfalls of modern robotics development and is designed to maximize the incentives for collaborative development based on game theory.

Interactions on the platform are facilitated by KAT and Kambria Karma. KAT is a native ERC20 utility token created, issued and deployed by KTI. Its main functions are to enable access to the Kambria Platform, reward participation, and align incentives for all stakeholders in the ecosystem.

Kambria Karma is not an ERC20 token, but rather a non-tradeable ledger entry for wallet addresses. Kambria Karma is used to track actual work performed. It is also an incentive to promote useful work and is awarded for concrete contributions. Details will be explained further in subsequent sections.

Roadmap & Updates

  • January 2018 - March 2018: Kambria MVP
    • Deploy key smart contracts on testnet
    • Have GitHub repos linkable to the testnet contracts
    • Ohmni robots available to order as a base platform. Continue building out APIs and SDKs based on needs and engage other roboticists in guiding the development
  • June 2018 - September 2018: Kambria Beta
    • KDNA v0.1 available. KDNA v0.1 describes all internal component files mechanical, electrical, software) and the relationship between files. Ancillary data like BOM, build instructions and images are also available
    • Open up by KTI of KAT smart contracts on Mainnet
    • Open up KambriaVote smart contracts on Mainnet
    • Open up bounty smart contracts on Mainnet
    • Purchase of Ohmni Robot and Ohmni DevKit using KAT
    • Visualize projects /codebase that uses KDNA specifications.
    • Bounties and competition modules available
    • Orders are fabricated into real-world parts as fast as possible
    • Issue initial top-down bounties on Mainnet and start bringing the new technology into Kambria codebase for all to share
    • Start initial bounties for add-ons, enhancements, and other valuable technology contributions to Kambria. These may start off-chain and move to on-chain once the smart contracts are ready
  • Q2 2019: Full release
    • Full release of Ohmni KDNA in the Kambria Code Base under an open source license
    • All bounty systems and DApps active, released, and usable
    • Token perks holder program available
    • Extended utility in manufacturing, value capture, and legal enforcement

Team Members

  • Dr. Thuc Vu, AI & Game Theory, Dr. Thuc is a serial entrepreneur, with multiple company acquisitions, the last one by Google. He has deep expertise in game theory, tournament design and multi-agent systems. He earned his PhD from Stanford and BS from Carnegie Mellon, both in computer science. Dr. Thuc is a social entrepreneur in Vietnam, involved in several community projects. Linkedin.

  • Jared Go, Robotics & Blockchain, Jared is an avid maker and roboticist, previously CTO and founding member at a networks startup. He has an extensive experience in blockchain, AI, real-time graphics, VR, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Jared is a Stanford Graduate Fellow, and has a BS in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Linkedin.

  • Tingxi Tan, Blockchain & Cloud Computing, Tingxi has a background in cloud computing, network infrastructure and distributed system design. He has been active in Crypto Investment since 2010. He was responsible for building the global scale cloud infrastructure at a networks startup. He graduated from MSc Computer Science U of Calgary and BSc Applied Math Western University. Linkedin.

  • Prof. Manuela Veloso, AI & Robotics, Manuela Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She was the President of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) until 2014, and the co-founder and a Past President of the RoboCup Federation. She is a fellow of AAAI, IEEE, AAAS, and ACM. She is an international expert in artificial intelligence and robotics. Linkedin.

  • Dhana Pawar, Marketing, Dhana Pawar is seasoned business and product management executive. She launched award winning, innovative products with an emphasis on delighting consumers. She has led teams to develop compelling applications which led to strategic acquisitions and mergers. Her other expertise include product management, product strategy, end to end product development and partnerships. Linkedin.

  • Jill Nguyen, Partnerships, Jill Nguyen is the Head of Partnerships of Kambria. In this role, she is responsible for growing the company’s customer base, brand presence and strategic partnerships. She joined Kambria in August after 3 years at Phone2Action, a software company in Washington DC, where she was the Director of Digital and Partnerships and joined the company at the post-seed stage as the 5th employee. In this role, she created the Customer Success team from the ground up, managed a team of Digital Account Managers, and was responsible for revenue retention, growth, customer support, community building, and operations for the company. She pioneered the customer marketing program and led numerous initiatives to grow the community of Phone2Action users across the country. Prior to joining Phone2Action, Jill worked for some of the largest non-profit organizations in the United States. Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, she came to the United States at 14 to attend high school, and later Hendrix College where she was awarded of the only International Student Scholarship in her class. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. Linkedin.

  • Prof. Tra Vu, Finance, Tra has a background in Financial and Civil Engineering. She earned her Master's in Financial Engineering and her PhD in Transportation Planning & Engineering from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Tra currently teaches at her alma mater and was responsible for leading her previous company in designing the first city-wide Transit Signal Priority system in New York City. Linkedin.

  • Dr. Minh Nguyen, Research, Graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with a PhD in Genetics, Minh has gained a broad research expertise in cancer study and its genetic root. She received her B.S/M.S in Biochemistry from George Mason University, and was awarded the best graduate student for her class. She believes that an active open AI and robotics platform will advance research in every field exponentially, especially in Medical Sciences. Linkedin.

  • Lien Cao, Vietnam Operations, Lien has over a decade of experience in operation management. She was the program manager of the Advance Program in Computer Science at the University of Science in Vietnam. She also co-founded BeRich Corporation and has been serving as its managing director. Lien believes in leading from the heart and wishes to do little things to make the world a better place. Linkedin.

  • Simon Seojoon Kim, Advisor, Simon Seojoon Kim is CEO and founding partner of Hashed, a leading crypto fund based in South Korea. He is a Blockchain evangelist and organizer of Hashed Lounge, a premier Blockchain Seoul meetup community. Prior to Hashed, Simon was a serial entrepreneur and has co-founded numerous companies. He served as Chief Product Officer at Knowre, an ed-tech startup that was named one of World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company. Linkedin.

  • Loi Luu, Advisor, Loi Luu is a researcher working on cryptocurrencies, smart contract security and distributed consensus algorithms. He is also a regular invited speaker at Bitcoin and Ethereum workshops such as DevCon2, EDCON. Loi believes in the force of the Ethereum and Blockchain technology. Much of his work revolves around this community. He developed Oyente, the first open-source security analyzer for Ethereum smart contracts. Loi also cofounded SmartPool, another open source project which embraces decentralization of mining pools in existing cryptocurrency. He continues to champion decentralisation and trustless properties of the Blockchain with KyberNetwork, taking inspiration and developing value for the community. Linkedin.

  • Roger Lim, Advisor, Roger Lim is an experienced angel and blockchain investor. He is the Founding Partner of NEO Global Capital and an advisor for projects like Bluzelle, Qlink, CoinFi, Thekey, Tomocoin, 0Chain, Switcheo, Open Platform, and nOS. He is also a successful entrepreneur who founded Webvisions, an Asian cloud hosting company. Linkedin.

  • George Li, Advisor, George is an ex-Googler who previously co-founded CottonBrew, a Stanford StartX computer vision company. Prior, he held roles in Corporate Strategy and Infrastructure at Google, and was a consultant at McKinsey. He holds a M.S in Management Science Engineering from Stanford and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Eng from Rutgers. Linkedin.

  • Dr. Long Vuong, Advisor, Long Vuong is CEO and founder of Tomochain, a public blockchain infrastructure providing innovative solution to the scalability problem with the Ethereum blockchain. He is often invited as guest speaker of many reputable blockchain events around the globe. Prior, Long Vuong was co-founder and the former project lead of very successful NEM blockchain (New Economy Movement). He is a PhD candidate in Economics at UMass-Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S. Linkedin.

  • Lily Sarafan, Home Care Assistance, Lily Sarafan is CEO of Home Care Assistance, the leading consumer health company in the $100B in-home care market, with a mission to change the way the world ages. Under Lily's leadership, HCA has grown from startup to industry champion with more than 7,000 employees across 160 markets in the United States, Canada and Australia. Lily is also an investor and advisor for startups and VC firms and a mentor for 500 Startups, StartX and Endeavor. She serves on boards for high-impact organizations including the Stanford Alumni Association, the Freeman Spogli Institute, the BerkeleyHaas Center for Innovation Economies, Shared Studios, and the Women's Alzheimer's Movement. Lily holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and B.S. in Science Technology and Society with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from Stanford University, where she was Eben Tisdale Fellow and Class President. She has been honored as Women Health Care Executives' 2016 Woman of the Year, Ernst & Young's 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year, and a Silicon Valley 40 Under 40. Lily is a member of YPO and Chatham House and a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Linkedin.

  • Michelle Tsing, Advisor, Co-founded a blockchain payments startup in 2015 and is a strategic ICO advisor. She is also a mentor for SVI Academy and Hack Temple and advises a number of startups in 3D printing, AI, biotech and social sharing. She founded Robotics for Good: Chatbots, Messaging and AI community; and donates her time to both The Loving AI XPRIZE Project and Robots Without Borders. She is also producer and host of Laptop Radio at Stanford University. Linkedin.

  • Ro Charlz, Advisor, Ro Charlz is a technology evangelist and serves as an investment professional with Vickers Venture Partners, one of the world’s leading tech-focused venture capital firms whose team has been involved with several prominent unicorn start-ups. Ro covers a wide-span of sectors including blockchain, robotics, AI, IoT, mobility, automotive tech, automation, cybersecurity, e-commerce, and general consumer tech. Ro has previous experience in the energy sector and serves as an active angel investor and advisor to several start-ups. He comes from a background in professional motorsports as a consultant to the automotive industry with a focus on tech development for over 10 years, consulting to several of the world's largest automotive makers. Linkedin.

  • Kenzi Wang, Advisor, Kenzi Wang is the Co-founder of AU21, a venture capital firm focused specifically on the blockchain ecosystem. Before starting AU21, Kenzi was CEO and Co-founder of Traction Labs. In addition, he founded Fantoon Growth Labs and Growthathon. Kenzi has deep knowledge of exchanges and the crypto markets. Kenzi studied Mathematics at Columbia University and graduated with an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Linkedin.

Partnership Overview

  • Stanford University - Leland Stanford Junior University (Stanford University or Stanford) is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top universities. The university was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford was a U.S. Senator and former Governor of California who made his fortune as a railroad tycoon. The school admitted its first students on October 1, 1891, as a coeducational and non-denominational institution.

  • Carnegie Mellon University - Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools, the university became the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912 and began granting four-year degrees. In 1967, the Carnegie Institute of Technology merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University. With its main campus located 3 miles (5 km) from Downtown Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon has grown into an international university with over a dozen degree-granting locations in six continents, including campuses in Qatar and Silicon Valley, and more than 20 research partnerships.

  • Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. - Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (凸版印刷株式会社 Toppan Insatsu Kabushiki-gaisha) or simply Toppan is a Japanese global printing company. Toppan was founded in 1900 and is headquartered in Tokyo. As of March 2013 the company has 169 subsidiary and affiliate companies. Toppan is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index.

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