Sridhar Solur: Life on the Edge — Ai, IoT and Smart Homes
Ira Pastor, ideaXme life sciences ambassador and founder of Bioquark, interviews Sridhar Solur, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Chief Product Engineer at the Shark Ninja Operating Company.
Ira Pastor Comments:
So as we continue upon the themes of healthy aging and human enhancement, a principle that we’ve touched on of “Aging in Place”, a concept whereby older people are able to continue live in their own homes as they age despite changes to their health and mobility, various smart technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT), have the potential to play a significant role in enabling older people to do so.
As populations across the globe are getting older and living longer, the world life expectancy index is projected to further increase over the coming decades, and there is considerable evidence that 1) older adults prefer to live independently at home as they age, rather than enter aged care facilities, and that 2) there are major economic benefits of supporting older adults to remain in their own homes and communities as opposed to the costly option of institutional care.
Mr. Sridhar Solur has more than 25 years of experience in corporate venturing, strategy, and product development, is an intrapreneur, technologist, and business leader specializing in robotics, IoT, mobile tech, and AI based industry/products, and has a core interest in “humanizing” interactions with technologies like voice and deep Learning, as well as blockchain applications.
Most recently, Mr. Solur was Executive Vice President and General Manager/Chief Product Engineer, the Shark Ninja Operating Company, an innovation leader in the housewares industry, where he was head of all products under the Shark and Ninja brands including robots, food-tech and appliances. Mr. Solur led all software development for connected devices/IOT, including cloud services and apps, and oversaw the creation of two advanced navigation robots with AI in the app, cloud and the robot, known as The Shark IQ Robot.
Prior to that, Mr. Solur was Senior Vice President of Product Development for Xfinity Home and Internet of Things (IoT) for Comcast Cable (the American telecommunications conglomerate headquartered in Philadelphia which is the second-largest broadcasting and cable television company), leading their strategic development of products for the Xfinity Home business, from concept to creation, including devices and services in the IoT, home automation, and home security categories.
Mr. Solur joined Comcast from Hewlett Packard (HP), where he was the founder and general manager of the company’s wearables and IoT business, as well as the founder and world wide director of HP’s cloud and mobile printing business, called the Mobile/IOT Incubator. There he created ‘Engineered by HP’ as a sub brand, supporting Wearables/IOT products for consumer lifestyle brands like Hugo Boss, Coach, Titan, Ferrari, and Movado.
Over the years, Mr. Solur established several patents on media delivery, location based services, and cloud connected objects. In addition, he is on the advisory board of several startups and a mentor to 500 Startups, Alchemist Enterprise accelerator, and RIVER- Virtual Reality Incubator.
Mr. Solur holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India.
On this episode we will hear from Mr. Solur:
About his background; where he grew up, how he developed an interest in IT and tech, and how he rose through the upper echelon of some of the world’s largest tech companies. An overview of The Internet of things (IoT) as it pertains to the concept of the “smart home” and various consumer use applications, including, home automation, wearable technology, connected health, and appliances with remote monitoring capabilities. An overview of the IoT related to the themes of elder care, the Internet of medical things (IoMT) and “Smart Healthcare” for creating a digitized healthcare system, connecting available medical resources and healthcare services. His views on the future of medical robots in an era of Covid-19. His views on AI, bionics, and transhumanism.
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