Entries by Prasad Akella

Monozukuri and takumi: Scaling the craftsman mentality in a 21st century factory

Monozukuri and takumi are two key ideas from the Toyota Production System that promote craftsmanship in the modern manufacturing process, ensuring quality and a superior end user experience that can be shared and incorporated across organizations at scale.

The World Economic Forum recognizes Drishti’s “human first” focus: “When 1+1 = 3”

The action recognition solution we’ve developed at Drishti is fundamentally changing manufacturing by extending the value of humans in the factory.

What being a Gartner “Cool Vendor” means to me

What makes technology cool? To Drishti, it means arming manufacturers with a solution that provides new insights.

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The secret to effective AI deployments: The real world

To realize the promise of artificial intelligence, manufacturers need to bypass the lab. Go live, test, measure and be realistic about what the technology can do.

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How AI and data amp up the traditional genba

Using technology, plant managers can stop using the genba to gather data, and instead use it to address issues based on the data already available.

New Research: The State of Human Factory Analytics

“I believe there is significant – as yet untapped – opportunity to drive high volume factory performance to much higher levels of productivity, quality, and problem-solving capability through the use of human factory analytics.” Today we released a report that encompasses months of planning, research and analysis with one of our partners, A.T. Kearney, on […]

Augmenting tasks performed by humans is no easy feat

In the mid-1990s, I led the industry/academia team at General Motors that built the world’s first collaborative robots. It was hard work; most people even in robotics had not heard of a “cobot” (or, “intelligent assist devices” (IADs) as we referred to the broader category), knew what it was, much less how it could be […]

Drishti Milestone: Recognized in Gartner Hype Cycle

One of my former coworkers from my factory days has become a golf fanatic. He watches, plays and talks about golf whenever he has the chance. A few years ago, he found a home that was adjacent to a private country club, bought a membership and golfs his heart out. Recently, he texted me: “I’m […]

Drishti recognized as a “Hot Vendor” by Aragon Research

On July 25, 2018, Aragon Research published Hot Vendors in Digital Business Platforms, 2018. As the name implies, Aragon views a Digital Business Platform as an emerging paradigm: a “cornerstone technology base” for coordination and analysis of people, machines and processes. This report provides an interesting insight into how the futurists of the world see […]