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Apptronik CEO Jeff Cardenas particulars the Apollo humanoid

On this episode, Apptronik CEO Jeff Cardenas particulars the brand new Apollo humanoid and take us by way of the historical past of bipedal improvement on the firm.

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The humanoid robotic market is shortly maturing. Our visitor this week is Apptronik CEO and co-founder Jeff Cardenas. He tells the in-depth story concerning the improvement of legged robotics and humanoids at Apptronik and the launch of the corporate’s first industrial humanoid robotic, Apollo.

With the launch of Apollo, Apptronik joins a rising variety of high-profile robotics firms within the race to develop a multi-purpose humanoid. Apptronik has a wealthy historical past in legged robotics, having labored on the primary technology of NASA Valkyrie robotic, and a number of generations of exoskeletons since its founding in 2016.

We will likely be discussing the state of humanoids within the opening keynote panel of RoboBusiness 2023. The dialogue will characteristic Geordie Rose, co-founder and CEO of Sanctuary, Cardenas, and Jonathan Hurst, co-founder and chief robotic officer of Agility Robotics. The panel will share firsthand insights into the challenges and alternatives that lie forward and focus on the industries poised to be early adopters of those outstanding creations.

12:45 Dialog with Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics on the 2B decide milestone

27:11 Interview with Cardenas

Information this week:

Cruise compelled to chop robotaxi fleet in half

  • The transfer comes after Cruise autonomous automobiles had been concerned in a number of crashes in San Francisco this week the place the self-driving automobiles appeared to stall in intersections, together with one on Thursday evening when it collided with a hearth truck.
  • “The DMV is involved with Cruise and regulation enforcement officers to find out the information and requested Cruise to instantly  cut back its energetic fleet of working automobiles by 50% till the investigation is full and Cruise takes acceptable corrective actions to enhance street security.” Cruise has agreed to function not more than 50 robotaxis throughout the day and 150 at evening till the DMV concludes its investigation into how one of many GM subsidiary’s autonomous Chevrolet Bolts collided with a hearth truck final week.
  • The information follows on the heels of the latest story that the CPUC voted to grant Cruise & Waymo last permits

Locus surpassed its 2 billion decide milestone earlier this week

  • Locus CEO Rick Faulk provides us a fast replace on reaching this milestone.
    • Reaching this milestone took simply 358 days, with the final 100 million picks taking simply 27 days – a median of three.7 million picks per day. By comparability, it took greater than six years to make the primary billion picks, and 1,542 days to select the primary 100 million items.

The large information is the Apptronik Apollo humanoid product launched at present.

  • Listed here are the fundamental specs for the brand new Apollo humanoid robotic:
    • Top: 5’8”
    • Weighs: 160 lbs
    • Can carry 55 lbs
    • 4-hour runtime with a swappable battery
  • Options:
    • It received’t have an articulated hand and fingers in its first technology.
    • The primary purposes will likely be selecting up and transferring crates, totes, and bins. All of which don’t require fantastic manipulation from a hand.
    • Goal purposes: warehouse, logistics and sortation
    • Apptronik has developed a novel, electrical linear actuator for Apollo and is introducing a design with no rotatory axis.

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