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Welcome to Episode 6 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us every Wednesday for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.
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This week Gene and I introduce you to the Pickle Robot Company, a Boston-based startup developing the Dill parcel handling robot. We spoke to CEO AJ Meyer about the technology behind the robot, how it came up with its name, what it’s like running a robotics startup during COVID-19, whether robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) is the best approach, and more.
We also recently talked with Dave Niewinski, a senior software developer at Clearpath Robotics, a Canadian developer of unmanned ground vehicles. Clearpath recently announced support for ROS on Windows 10. We talked to Dave about making the transition to and the benefits of using ROS on Windows 10, and how it’ll affect the experience for Clearpath’s customers.
We also discuss the use of Softbank’s Pepper robot and Boston Dynamics’ Spot quadruped by a Softbank-owned Japanese baseball team, the Fukuoka Hawks. No human fans are allowed to attend Japanese baseball games due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the robots liven up the stands. Find out why this is a missed opportunity for Major League Baseball teams in the United States.
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0-9:08 Pepper and Spot robots at Japanese baseball games
9:08-43:30: Conversation with Pickle Robot Company
43:30-1:04:10 Conversation with Clearpath Robotics
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