Welcome to Episode 26 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.
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In this session, Steve Crowe and Eugene Demaitre I speak with Jud Kauffman and Joe Wolfel, co-founders of Terradepth. Founded in 2018, the Austin, Texas-based startup is developing autonomous submarines for deep ocean exploration. Its long-term goal is to build the Google Earth of the ocean. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of Terradepth’s mission and how their Naval experience is playing a vital role.
Crowe and Demaitre also catch up with Nader Elm, CEO and co-founder of Exyn Technologies. Exyn is a spin-off of the GRASP Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. At GRASP they are building autonomous drones that can operate in GPS-denied environments such as mines. The group discusses the challenges of developing and deploying fully autonomous drones in such environments, how COVID-19 has impacted Exyn’s business, and what other types of robots could benefit from Exyn’s autonomy stack.
Editors Note: Exyn Technologies was a 2020 RBR Robotics Innovation Awards winner.
- 0-3:11: Show Intro
- 3:12-36:53: Conversation with Jud Kauffman and Joe Wolfel, co-founders, Terradepth
- 36:54-37:48: RoboBusiness Direct Preview
- 37:49-1:10:20: Conversation with Nader Elm, CEO and co-founder, Exyn Technologies
- 1:10:21-1:11:09: Show Outro
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