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Join Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.

The Robot Report Podcast The Robot Report Podcast

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

Join Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.

    The state of robotics investment

    The state of robotics investment

    Peter Finn, managing director of Cowen’s Industrials investment banking group, joins the podcast to discuss the state of investment into the robotics industry. Peter discusses how inflation, higher interest rates, and other world issues have impacted how investors are approaching robotics companies. He also shares the trends he's seeing, markets he's excited about, investment advice and thoughts about Amazon’s pending acquisition of iRobot.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Amazon to acquire iRobot; Robotics at DHL with Sally Miller

    Amazon to acquire iRobot; Robotics at DHL with Sally Miller

    This week our guest is Sally Miller, Chief Information Officer for DHL Supply Chain North America. Sally discusses the deployment of robotics at DHL North America, and how DHL likes to work with vendors to innovate and optimize their logistic workflows.
    This episode is sponsored by Weintek USA, maker of HMIs.
    For more information check out: http://www.weintekusa.com or call +1.425.488.1100

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Jenga robot creator reviews chess-playing robot flaws

    Jenga robot creator reviews chess-playing robot flaws

    Nima Fazeli, assistant professor of robotics at the University of Michigan and director of the Manipulation and Machine Intelligence Lab, joins the program to discuss the flaws of the chess-playing robot that broke a 7-year-old's finger during a tournament in Russia. Fazeli helped develop a Jenga-playing robot while at MIT.

    Mike and Steve also hit on the top stories of the week, including researchers using dead wolf spiders as mechanical grippers and another strong quarter for Teradyne's robotics group.

    Show Notes
    https://www.mmintlab.com/
    https://www.therobotreport.com/mit-robot-uses-vision-touch-learn-jenga/
    https://www.therobotreport.com/why-im-saying-no-to-necrobotics/
    https://www.therobotreport.com/teradynes-robotics-group-101m-q2-2022/
    https://www.therobotreport.com/locus-robotics-completes-soc-2-certification/
    https://www.robobusiness.com/
    https://www.fieldroboticsforum.com/

    • 49 min
    Inside the development of Labrador Systems' assistive robots

    Inside the development of Labrador Systems' assistive robots

    Mike Dooley, co-founder and CEO of robotics startup Labrador Systems, joins the podcast. We discuss how Labrador built autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for home environments to help the elderly and those with mobility issues. Mike also discusses how his days at Evolution Robotics and iRobot helped shape some of the decisions being made at Labrador Systems.

    Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman also dive into the recent layoffs and shutdowns that have impacted numerous robotics companies.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Brian Gerkey from Open Robotics discusses the development of ROS

    Brian Gerkey from Open Robotics discusses the development of ROS

    Our guest this week is Brian Gerkey, CEO and co-founder of Open Robotics and one of creators of ROS. Brian tells us about the development and evolution of the Robot Operating System (ROS) and why open source software has played such a pivotal role in the growth of the robotics industry and in the acceleration of robotics research in university and corporate robotic labs around the world.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Anders Beck introduces the UR20; California bans autonomous tractors

    Anders Beck introduces the UR20; California bans autonomous tractors

    This week, hosts Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman discuss the recent ban of autonomous tractors in California and what this means for the AGTECH industry to be able to test new solutions in California.
    Featured interview this week is Anders Beck, VP of Innovation and Strategy at Universal Robots. Anders introduces us to the new UR20 robot that was launched at Automatica 2022 this week.
    Special music this week is Tennessee Mines by Sam Hill, embedded with a CC Attribution-NonCommercial-sharealike 3.0 license.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

LisaIsHereForIt ,

Fantastic robotics podcast! 🙌🏻

The Robot Report has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. I truly learn something every time I listen!

Biased Robot Fan ,

Soooo Good

I’m biased but these guys bring real thought leaders and have very timely conversations

Robotics_Guy ,

Good content, but lots of ads and host talk too much.

Good content, but the hosts talk more than the guests. And there’s a lot of ads.
Focus on Robotics, and let your guests speak!

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