6 episodes

Machine Visions is a show about the acceleration of robotics deployed across every sector of our economy. Hosted by Obvious Ventures’ Nan Li, this five part series dives into the current breakout moment in industrial robotics, where next generation robots are taking on new challenges and scaling rapidly in production. We’ll bring you the inside story from leading voices in this industry to understand what’s happening today and what’s to come.

Obvious is a venture capital firm investing in purpose driven companies reimagining trillion-dollar industries.

Machine Visions Obvious Ventures

    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

Machine Visions is a show about the acceleration of robotics deployed across every sector of our economy. Hosted by Obvious Ventures’ Nan Li, this five part series dives into the current breakout moment in industrial robotics, where next generation robots are taking on new challenges and scaling rapidly in production. We’ll bring you the inside story from leading voices in this industry to understand what’s happening today and what’s to come.

Obvious is a venture capital firm investing in purpose driven companies reimagining trillion-dollar industries.

    Inside the “Microfactory” with Bright Machines CEO Amar Hanspal

    Inside the “Microfactory” with Bright Machines CEO Amar Hanspal

    Machine Visions is a show about the acceleration of robotics deployed across every sector of our economy. Hosted by Obvious Ventures’ Managing Director Nan Li, this five-part series dives into the current breakout moment in industrial robotics, how next generation robots are taking on new challenges, and where they are scaling rapidly in production. We’ll bring you the inside story from leading voices in this industry to understand what’s happening today and what’s to come.

    Amar Hanspal is Co-Founder and CEO of Bright Machines. He was previously Co-CEO and Chief Product Officer at Autodesk, where he worked for 15 years. In this episode, Amar breaks down the “microfactory”, his Goldilocks approach to product-market fit, and his quest to make the creation of physical products as easy as digital products.

    Obvious is a venture capital firm investing in purpose driven companies reimagining trillion-dollar industries.

    • 34 min
    Selling a Solution vs. a Product with Maria Telleria

    Selling a Solution vs. a Product with Maria Telleria

    Machine Visions is a show about the acceleration of robotics deployed across every sector of our economy. Hosted by Obvious Ventures’ Managing Director Nan Li, this five-part series dives into the current breakout moment in industrial robotics, how next generation robots are taking on new challenges, and where they are scaling rapidly in production. We’ll bring you the inside story from leading voices in this industry to understand what’s happening today and what’s to come.

    Maria Telleria is Co-Founder and CTO of Canvas Construction, which uses robotics to automate work in the construction industry, starting with drywall finishing. They’re scaling rapidly with industry-leading partners like Webcor. Maria speaks with Nan about why they sell a solution rather than a product, what it means to be problem-focused, the benefits of working with unions, and more.

    Obvious is a venture capital firm investing in purpose driven companies reimagining trillion-dollar industries.

    • 33 min
    A Bird’s Eye View From UPS with Greg Brown

    A Bird’s Eye View From UPS with Greg Brown

    Machine Visions is a show about the acceleration of robotics deployed across every sector of our economy. Hosted by Obvious Ventures’ Managing Director Nan Li, this five-part series dives into the current breakout moment in industrial robotics, how next generation robots are taking on new challenges, and where they are scaling rapidly in production. We’ll bring you the inside story from leading voices in this industry to understand what’s happening today and what’s to come.

    Greg Brown is VP of the Global Advanced Technology Group at UPS. He’s been at UPS for 25 years, and is one of the most authoritative voices in supply chain transformation. We discuss how robotics fits into UPS today and Greg’s suggestions for entrepreneurs building solutions in the space.

    Obvious is a venture capital firm investing in purpose driven companies reimagining trillion-dollar industries.

    • 27 min
    Making Repetition Optional with Dexterity CEO Samir Menon

    Making Repetition Optional with Dexterity CEO Samir Menon

    Machine Visions is a show about the acceleration of robotics deployed across every sector of our economy. Hosted by Obvious Ventures’ Managing Director Nan Li, this five-part series dives into the current breakout moment in industrial robotics, how next generation robots are taking on new challenges, and where they are scaling rapidly in production. We’ll bring you the inside story from leading voices in this industry to understand what’s happening today and what’s to come.

    Samir Menon is Founder and CEO of one of the fastest growing robotics companies out there: Dexterity Inc. Dexterity builds robotics systems for warehouses, with the mission of making repetition optional for human civilization. Samir and Nan discuss what it means to move like a human, avoiding pilot hell, and why now’s the time to deploy intelligent robots at scale.

    Obvious is a venture capital firm investing in purpose driven companies reimagining trillion-dollar industries.

    • 22 min
    The Near Future of Production Robotics with Rodney Brooks

    The Near Future of Production Robotics with Rodney Brooks

    Machine Visions is a show about the acceleration of robotics deployed across every sector of our economy. Hosted by Obvious Ventures’ Nan Li, this 5-part series dives into the current breakout moment in industrial robotics, where next-gen robots are taking on new challenges and scaling rapidly in production. We’ll bring you the inside story from leading voices in this industry to understand what’s happening today and what’s to come.

    To start off the series, robotics legend Rodney Brooks offers perspective from his four plus decades working in the space. ​​Rodney is a multi-time founder of companies like iRobot and Rethink Robotics, professor emeritus at MIT, and longtime leading voice in all things robotics and AI. We dig into what Rodney sees in the near future of robotics - the challenges to be solved and approaches we need to get there.

    Obvious is a venture capital firm investing in purpose driven companies reimagining trillion-dollar industries.

    • 25 min
    Machine Visions: Coming Soon

    Machine Visions: Coming Soon

    Machine Visions is a show about the acceleration of robotics deployed across every sector of our economy. Hosted by Obvious Ventures’ Nan Li, this five part series dives into the current breakout moment in industrial robotics, where next generation robots are taking on new challenges and scaling rapidly in production. We’ll bring you the inside story from leading voices in this industry to understand what’s happening today and what’s to come.

    Obvious is a venture capital firm investing in purpose driven companies reimagining trillion-dollar industries.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

M. Hulot ,

Excellent Insight on the Current State of Robotics

There are technical podcasts about robots, and podcasts focused on the latest and greatest - but imagine a “How I Built This” focused on getting robots into the real world.

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