A new robotic
trends article uses an assortment of statistics to predict where
we'll see the robot equivalent of silicon valley. After describing lots of
maps of population-adjusted densities of unspecified local robot clubs,
contests, and start-up companies, the author concludes that robot valley
will be on the
east coast, unless it's on the west coast, or somewhere else, or unless
the Japanese take over the whole market first.
I'm guessing that in this day of the internet, outsourcing, and
overseas manufacturing, there will be no 'valley' for the robotics
industry. It's just not necessary to have companies next to each other
in order to make the industry hum.
There are plenty of examples of cutting edge technology that had
no 'valley'. One that I can think of off hand is the electronic music
synthesizer industry in the 60's and 70's. The manufacturers were
spread from the west coast to the east coast with some in-between.
In fact, this geographical situation created a healthy competition that
spurred ideas and made customers hungery.
Of course, when the volume got big enough the big boys in Asia stepped