Boston Dynamics talks Spot; UR on cobot innovation

The Robot Report Podcast

Welcome to episode 3 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join Steve Crowe and Eugene Demaitre every Wednesday for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.

Eugene and Steve this week talk with Boston Dynamics and Universal Robots, two companies that earlier this week were named RBR50 Innovation Award winners by our sister publication Robotics Business Review.

Boston Dynamics this week commercially launched its Spot quadruped throughout the U.S. This launch marks the first time businesses can purchase a Boston Dynamics robot. Michael Patrick Perry, VP of Business Development at Boston Dynamics, joined us to talk about Spot’s progression and launch, the most unique Spot applications, and the status of Spot’s robotic manipulator. Michael also provides updates on Boston Dynamics’ Pick vision system and its other robots in development, including Handle.

Jürgen von Hollen, President of collaborative robotics pioneer Universal Robots, also joined the podcast from Denmark. Jürgen talks about how he almost turned down the job, how the company has maintained its culture of innovation over the years, and cobot trends to keep an eye on. Jürgen also took off his company hat for a bit and opened up about his life outside of Universal Robots.

If you would like to be a guest on an upcoming episode of The Robot Report Podcast, or if you have recommendations for future guests, contact Steve or Eugene. For sponsorship opportunities of The Robot Report Podcast, contact Jami Brownlee.

Podcast Timestamps
0-2:27: Podcast Introduction
2:27-26:43 Boston Dynamics Interview
29:07-1:00:52 Universal Robots Interview

Podcast Links
RBR50 Award Winners
Spot’s commercial availability a milestone for quadrupeds
The Robot Report Podcast on Apple Podcasts SoundCloud
The Robot Report YouTube Channel
Coverage of Boston Dynamics
Coverage of Universal Robots

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