Catalia Health chief executive Cory Kidd has spent the past 20 years working on how to apply robotics to improve personal health. Now, nearly a year after launching his latest startup, Catalia Health, Kidd has closed on $1.25 million in seed funding from Khosla Ventures and other investors to bring his life’s work to market.
The seeds for Catalia Health were actually planted in the work Kidd conducted at MIT’s Media Lab in the Robotic Life Group, headed by Cynthia Breazeal. Over four-and-a-half years, Kidd worked with the Media Lab and Boston University Medical Center to develop a series of robots to serve as weight loss coaches for overweight patients.
Those early robots became the basis for Intuitive Automata, a Hong Kong-based company that Kidd founded with Bill McCord and Erica Young in 2008. Intuitive’s initial robot, Autom, and its targeted application for weight loss were both too early and too pricey…
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