What’s next for Waymo’s robotaxis, Dusty Robotics’ Tessa Lau, robotic prosthetics with Coapt

Welcome to Episode 20 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us every week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.

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This week we’re joined by Tessa Lau, founder and CEO of Dusty Robotics, a Mountain View, Calif.-based startup developing robots for the construction industry. Tessa updates us on the progression of Dusty’s FieldPrinter building layout robot. She discusses how the company pivoted away from its initial product idea, FieldPrinter’s custom localization, mapping and navigation technology, building relationships with builders, and scaling its field operations team.

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Dusty Robotics’ FieldPrinter robot for building layout. | Credit: Dusty Robotics

We also chat with Bert Swift and Blair Locke, CEO & Co-founder of Coapt, about the state of robotic prosthetics. Bert, who lost an arm to childhood cancer, shares his story about how a robotic prosthetic has changed his life.

We preview this week’s <a href=”http://www.robobusinessdirect.com” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>RoboBusiness Direct</a> discussions, which air October 15 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Harmonic Drive kicks things off at 2 PM Eastern with a look at how an actuator’s design can be more of a significant enabler in robotic development. Kollmorgen’s Tom Wood will follow up that session with a discussion about how to quickly identify the right motor technology to integrate with your Harmonic Drive gearbox.

Eugene and I also discuss the latest headlines, including Waymo re-starting and expanding its driverless robotaxi service around Phoenix, a Georgia man was arrested for shooting down a utility company’s drone, and a new semi-autonomous robot for colonoscopies is in development at the University of Leeds.What’s next for Waymo’s robotaxis, Dusty Robotics’ Tessa Lau, robotic prosthetics with Coapt


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Podcast Timestamps
0-:37 Ad Read
:38-4:07: Show Intro
4:08-32:05: Conversation with Tessa Lau, Founder & CEO, Dusty Robotics
32:06-34:12: Fictiv’s Manufacturing Tip of the Week
34:13-48:25: News Recap – Waymo expands driverless robotaxi service, biggest threat to commercial drones, semi-autonomous colonoscopy robot
48:26-49:10: RoboBusiness Direct Preview
49:11-1:39:01 – Conversation about robotic prosthetics with Bert Swift and Blair Locke, CEO & Co-founder of Coapt
1:39:02 -1:39:46: Show Outro

Show Notes
Dusty Robotics
Waymo driverless robotaxi service expanding in Phoenix
Scientists develop robot-assisted, semi-autonomous colonoscopy
Georgia man arrested for shooting down utility company drone
Self-Driving Cars – Look Reddit, No Hands!

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