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Welcome to Episode 32 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.
This week I chat with A3 president Jeff Burnstein. A3 today released data that showed yearly orders of robots from non-automotive sectors for the first time ever surpassed automotive robot orders. Sales of robots in North America increased 3.5% overall in 2020, A3 said. Jeff takes us inside these numbers and discusses what the numbers mean for the robotics industry today and going forward.
I also spoke to Henrik Bennetsen and Maria Telleria, two of the co-founders of Canvas, a startup that recently exited stealth mode. Canvas is looking to automate drywall finishing with robotics. We discuss the company system, the technology and challenges involved, and the business opportunity for the company.
I also comment on the week’s top robotics stories, including AutoX launching a fully driverless robotaxi service in Shenzhen, Softbank’s new robotics joint venture, and how Amazon plans to upskill its employees in mechatronics and robotics.
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- 0-1:33 Show intro
- 1:34-16:09: Conversation with A3 president Jeff Burnstein
- 16:10-24:44: News Commentary: AutoX robotaxi service; Softbank Robotics’ new joint venture; Amazon upskilling program
- 24:45-56:46: Conversation with Henrik Bennetsen and Maria Telleria, co-founders of Canvas
- 56:47-57:27: Show Outro