Tag: robotics

Autonomous Robots

Autonomous Robots

A mashup of 3D printing, computer vision, machine learning and other advanced technologies.

Boston Dynamics (Softbank) “Spot” robot

It’s an exciting time at the intersection of robotics, computer vision, AI, machine learning, deep learning/neural networks and 3D printing. We roamed MIT’s campus earlier this week as we were on site for a 3D printing class. While unsuccessful in our quest to 3D-print a robot of our own, we did spot a few delivery bots on campus. Below are snippets of content we found interesting about one of MIT’s more famous spin-outs, Boston Dynamics. We are working to get founder Marc Raibert on the TEK2day Podcast. The Boston Dynamics robots operate much like an autonomous vehicle, leveraging LiDAR technology to power “vision” and spatial awareness.


3D printing utilized in the manufacturing of robotics hardware

Boston Dynamics Founder Marc Raibert’s Ted Talk.

Spot mini – Boston Dynamics
spot mini specs
Spot mini – Boston Dynamics
Spot mini – Boston Dynamics

shrinking form factor (right to left) Boston Dynamics and founder Marc Raibert

Amazon’s Autonomous Robotics Acquisition: Canvas Technology

Amazon’s Autonomous Robotics Acquisition: Canvas Technology

Last week Amazon acquired Canvas Technology, an autonomous robotics company designed to automate fulfillment centers.

This is Amazon’s second acquisition of a robotics company deployed in fulfillment centers. The first was Amazon’s March 2012 $775 million acquisition of Kiva Systems, which we had an opportunity to interact with last year in Boston. Amazon reportedly acquired Canvas for over $100 million. Boulder, CO-based Canvas had raised $15 million over three rounds, most recently a Dec. 2017 Series A round with Palo Alto-based Playground Global, an AI-focused VC firm founded by Android and Essential phone founder Andy Rubin.


Canvas Technology in action

Working to assemble a Kiva (Amazon Robotics) robot at Boston’s Children’s Museum.