Wall Street Journal: Remote Work Isn’t Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore

2020/10/22

On the ground floor of a towering office building overlooking Tokyo Bay, in a space intended to resemble the interior of a moon base, a convenience store is tended by a humanoid robot.

This robot isn’t out front, wowing customers. No, it is in the back, doing the unglamorous job of keeping shelves stocked. It has broad shoulders, wide eyes, a boomerang-shaped head and strange hands, capable of grabbing objects with both suction and a trio of opposable thumbs.

Read More on WSJ Online: https://www.wsj.com/articles/remote-work-isnt-just-for-white-collar-jobs-anymore-11603371826

BBC NEWS: The robot shop worker controlled by a faraway human

2020/10/26

In a quiet aisle of a small supermarket in Tokyo, a robot dutifully goes about its work. Reaching down, it grabs yet another bottle of a flavoured drink that humans like, lifts it and places it on the shelf of a refrigerated unit. Then the next one. People come and go.

Read More on BBC News Online: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54232563

CNN Business: Seven-foot robots are stacking shelves in Tokyo convenience stores

2020/9/15

Japan has the oldest population in the world, and that’s causing an acute labor shortage. With almost a third of the population aged 65 and above, finding workers can be a challenge. Increasingly, companies are turning to technology as a solution — including two of the biggest convenience store franchises in Japan, FamilyMart and Lawson.

Read More on CNN Online: https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/business/robots-japan-supermarkets-spc-intl/index.html

Telexistence Begins the Trial Operation of its Remote Controlled Robot, Model-T, at a FamilyMart Store. Aims to Realize a New Labor-Saving Store Operation Platform

2020/08/26

FamilyMart Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Takashi Sawada; hereafter FamilyMart) and Telexistence Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Jin Tomioka; hereafter “TX”) started trial operations of the TX robot Model-T and Augmented Workforce Platform (hereafter “AWP”) to build a new store operation model using remote control robot technology.

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Telexistence Announces Appointment of Yutaka Matsuo, Professor at The University of Tokyo, as the AI Technology Advisor

2020/08/24

Telexistence Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Jin Tomioka; hereafter “TX”) today announced the appointment of Yutaka Matsuo, Professor at Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, as the AI Technology Advisor.  

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Model-T, a Semi-Autonomous Remote-Controlled Robot, to be Introduced to Retail Stores and Aims to Realize Augmented Workforce Platform in the Retail Industry.

2020/07/21

Telexistence Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Jin Tomioka; hereafter “TX”) today announced the development of “Model-T”, that uses the Telexistence® technology to enable the establishment of Augmented Workforce Platform (hereafter “AWP”) in the retail industry. 

Company and Model-T Introduction Movie:https://youtu.be/ReM6RDxg7-0

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Reuters: Japanese robot to clock in at a convenience store in test of retail automation

2020/7/15

TOKYO (Reuters) – In August, a robot vaguely resembling a kangaroo will begin stacking sandwiches, drinks and ready meals on shelves at a Japanese convenience store in a test its maker, Telexistence, hopes will help trigger a wave of retail automation.

Read More on Reuters Online: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-tech-robot/japanese-robot-to-clock-in-at-a-convenience-store-in-test-of-retail-automation-idUSKCN24G138

Former Sony and Softbank Robotics America Aya Ishikawa appointed as Chief People Officer

2020/04/30

Telexistence Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Jin Tomioka; hereinafter “TX”) has appointed Aya Ishikawa as its new Chief People Officer. Aya has extensive HR background with experience working as the Head of Human Resources for companies such as Sony and Softbank Robotics.

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Telexistence enters strategic alliance with LeaguerX to start building a foundation for business development in China

2020/3/2

Telexistence Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Jin Tomioka; hereinafter referred to as TX) and LeaguerX Entrepreneurial Investment (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., (Headquarters: Shenzhen, China; representative Xiang Zheng, hereafter referred to as LeaguerX), has established a strategic alliance and will begin to cooperate in building and accelerating TX’s business development in China. LeaguerX is an affiliate organization of Leaguer Group Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Leaguer Group) which aims to provide customized services to overseas technology companies that seek to build an industrial base in China.

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Former Morgan Stanley and GROOVE X Shintaro Maeda appointed as CFO

Telexistence Inc. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Jin Tomioka; hereinafter “TX”) has appointed Shintaro Maeda as its new CFO. Shintaro comes from a extensive finance background. After working at Morgan Stanley for over 10 years, Shintaro joined a robotic startup called GROOVE X, where he led the funding initiatives there, successfully raising 8.5 billion yen in total before joining TX.


( Shintaro Maeda, second from the left )

Since the establishment of the business three years ago, with IPO in-mind, TX has been focusing on further accelerating growth by reinforcing its strategy around finance/business which also includes accounting/corporate governance and has decided to welcome Shintaro Maeda as CFO, who comes with rich experience in this area.

Shintaro graduated from Keio University in 2002 and joined Morgan Stanley Securities (currently Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities) shortly after that. For the past 13 years, he has worked in the Financial Market Development Division where he was responsible for developing financial products for life insurance companies and corporations. After leaving Morgan Stanley Securities in 2016, he joined GROOVE X Co., Ltd., a start-up company that develops family-type robots called “LOVOT”, as the first business-side staff member. From there, he led the 2nd to 4th equity financing rounds where he was able to secure a total of 8.5 billion yen (each of the procurement amounts were 1.16 billion yen, 4.35 billion yen, and 3 billion yen, respectively) . He also played a leading role in the overall optimization of the company during its expansion, specifically in the corporate management and organizational-structuring areas.

[Comments from Shintaro Maeda]

“To be able to operate a robot in a remote place and be able to move and interact with the physical surrounding as if you were actually there – a concept that is still considered to be something from a sci-fi movie or anime, the challenge will be developing that technology in a way that brings the most value to the real world and making that into a scalable business.  I am both optimistic and excited to be apart of a team, as CFO, of such exceptional talent, a group of people who have gathered from all parts of the world to help make the world TX envisions a reality.

My mission will be to drive TX’s sustainable business growth through creating value in areas of financial strategy/business management and to make sure to bring value to our shareholders and stakeholders.”

[Comments from Jin Tomioka, CEO]

“The reality is that even if you combine all the robot manufacturers in the world, the number of robots sold every year does not reach one million units.  Compared to other leading hardware products such as automobiles (100 million units sold), TVs (200 million units sold), and smartphones (350 million units sold), the unit sales of robots is still very small.  At volumes this low, it his hard to expect growth in certain key drivers important for the growth of this field.  Such as growth of talent, creation of new ideas and meaningful technological advancement.  As a result, you have a product that is expensive and sub-optimal for the world outside the factory.

We at TX, want to change this situation by focusing on attracting the top talents in other industries, people like Shintaro, which conventionally do not find there way into the robot industry.  As production volume of robots increase, there will be more opportunities together with better incentives to improve and innovate the design and manufacturing of robots.  This will lead to better performing robots at lower cost, consequently expanding the market, encouraging the industry to further develop.  In this way, as the production increases and cost of production decrease, we aim to achieve the ‘Manufacturer’s Maturity Curve’ early, in the world outside the factory.”

[Shintaro Maeda’s Profile]

2002/4         Morgan Stanley Securities (currently Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities)

2003/5         Lazard Freres K.K.

2004/3         Morgan Stanley Securities (currently Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities)

2016/9         GROOVE X, Inc.

2019/12 Telexistence Inc.

[Positions Currently Open]

・Robotics Cockpit Operation Manager

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・Frontend Engineer

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・Backend Engineer

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・Robot Software Engineer (Navigation/Localization)

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[About Telexistence Inc]

TX is a robotics company that develops remote controlled robots with artificial intelligence, with the mission to change robots, change the structure, and change the world. TX aims to develop a platform concept, “Augmented Workforce”, a platform that enables people to provide their workforce remotely, through robots.

[Company Profile]

Company Name: Telexistence Inc.

Location: 2-19-5 Nishi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Representative: Jin Tomioka, CEO

Establishment: 2017/1/23

Company HP: https://tx-inc.com

[Inquiries]

Email:  info@tx-inc.com

Contact name:  Matt Komatsu