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May 29th, 2016

Robots: INNOROBO 2015 Showcase

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews several companies at last year’s INNOROBO, a conference that showcases innovation in robotics. Interviews include the following:

Oliver Baudet, business manager at RB 3D, speaks about the exoskeletons displayed at the showcase.

Baptiste Mauget, responsible for marketing and communication at BALYO, speaks about BALYO’s robots for warehouse automation.

Atsushi Hayashi, an Engineer at Kawada Robotics, demonstrates a humanoid used in factories in Japan.

Abdelfettah Ighouess, Sales Director at Partnering Robotics, describes their robot for indoor air quality control.

Etienne Picard, a Research and Development Engineer at IRT Jules Verne, speaks about a large cable driven robot for manufacturing.

 

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April 17th, 2016

Robots: Mecha Monsters

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In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Silas Adekunle, Co-founder and CEO of Reach Robotics. They speak about Reach Robotics’ first product, Mecha Monsters: legged, gaming robots that are controlled by a smartphone. Through Mecha Monsters, Reach Robotics is attempting to connect the physical and digital components of the gaming world. Adekunle also discusses the startup process, including technology accelerators.

Below is a video where Silas reveals Mecha Monsters.

And images from Reach Robotics.

Silas Adekunle

Reach Robotics Team SilasHres

Silas Adekunle is the Co-founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, a company developing intelligent gaming robots. He established Reach Robotics while still an undergraduate at the University of the West of England, UK. Before Reach Robotics, Silas managed a “Robotics in schools” program in partnership with UWE, the UK government, and HP for 4 years, leading a team of engineers going to schools to develop the interest of young students in STEM through robotics. As a robotics engineering graduate and avid gamer, Silas’ goal is to make robotics more accessible to both young and old through play.

 

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December 27th, 2015

Robots: Construction Drilling

In this episode Audrow Nash interviews Konrad Fagertun, Chief Operating Officer of nLink in Norway. They speak about a mobile robotic platform for the construction industry. The problem that they’ve chosen to solve is drilling holes in the ceiling. For a shopping mall, 400,000 holes may have to be drilled — by hand. This is a task Fagertun says “no one likes” so nLink built a robot to automate it. Fagertun discusses their robotic platform, how they chose their application, and the future plans of nLink.



Konrad Fagertun

KonradKonrad has been involved with technology startups since 2006 and holds a masters degree from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship (and Boston University), with a cybernetics technology background. As one of the founders, and Chief Operating Officer, he focuses on business development, partner relations and sales in nLink’s quest to revolutionize the construction industry.

 
 


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October 2nd, 2015

Robots: Micro and Nano Robotics - Transcript

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Brad Nelson, Professor at ETH Zurich, about his research regarding micro and nano robotics. They discuss many of Nelson’s projects: retinal and heart surgery, crystal harvesting, and robots with simulated flagella for mobility.

The video below shows some of the research discussed during the interview.

 

Brad Nelson 

Brad Nelson has been the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zürich since 2002, where his research focuses on microrobotics and nanorobotics. Fundamentally, he is interested in how to make tiny intelligent machines that are millimeters to nanometers in size.

He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota, worked as a computer vision researcher at Honeywell and a software engineer at Motorola, served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, Africa, and then obtained a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota before moving to ETH.

 

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September 4th, 2015

Robots: Fotokite Phi - Transcript

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Sergei Lupashin about Perspective Robotics upcoming flying camera, the Fotokite Phi.

The Phi is a rotor-craft unmanned aerial vehicle, called a quadrocopter, that a user controls with a retractable leash. As the quadrocopter flies, it keeps tension on the leash; this tension allows it to determine where it is in space with respect to the user holding the leash. Because the Phi figures out where it is from the leash, it can follow the user without a vision system or GPS. Lupashin says that the leash also allows users to learn to fly the Phi in a short time and that it provides a natural way of controlling the quadrocopter.

For easy transport, the four arms with propellers of the Phi can be folded up so that it can fit in a large-thermos-size cylinder.

Perspective Robotics is running an Indiegogo campaign to fund production of the Fotokite Phi. The campaign’s video is below.

 

 

Sergei Lupashin

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Sergei Lupashin is the founder of Perspective Robotics, the Swiss company behind the Fotokite. Previous to that he worked in aerospace and participated in robotics competitions such as the DARPA Grand+Urban Challenges (autonomous cars). He was chief architect for the ETH Flying Machine Arena, where he enjoyed torturing little quadrocopters until they learned to do flips. He holds a BS in Elec & Comp Engineering from Cornell, an MSc + PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich (topic: aerial robotics) and is a TED Fellow. Sergei is passionate about building devices that are usable and useful in the real world.

 

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