The US manufacturing sector is responsible for ~19% of all US energy consumption. The manufacturing workforce is a valued part of the US economy, that's unfortunately underutilized and treated inefficiently. Over eight percent of manufacturing energy consumption is spent getting the workforce to these dull and dangerous workplaces. Advancements in tele-robotics could allow these workers to more efficiently complete their job in the comfort of their own home.
At the 2016 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, I presented a fast-pitch technology development opportunity for manufacturing tele-robotics. Please enjoy the video of the event below.