Welcome to Episode 1 of The Robot Report Podcast, where each week Robot Report editors Steve Crowe and Eugene Demaitre review the latest robotics, automation and intelligent systems news and announcements, and interview leading roboticists, leaders of innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.
In this episode, Eugene and Steve speak with Jonathan Hurst, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Agility Robotics, an Oregon-based startup developing bipedal robots. Agility launched its first robot, Cassie, in mid-2017 and is now on the third and commercialized version of its Digit humanoid robot.
Hurst discusses how passive dynamics has steered the direction of Agility’s robots, the role of simulation and reinforcement learning, and the fourth version of Digit that is currently being developed. He also talks about the evolution of the company’s robots, technical challenges and business opportunities of legged robots, comparisons to Boston Dynamics, his favorite robots, and much more.
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About the Author
Steve Crowe is Editor of The Robot Report and co-chair of the Robotics Summit & Expo. He joined WTWH Media in January 2018 after spending four-plus years as Managing Editor of Robotics Trends Media. He can be reached at [email protected]