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Finally, before we start this week, TC Sessions: Robotics is announced next year and returns to the East. I've been pushing this for a while. Not because it was a short flight for me. Berkeley has helped us tremendously. And it's almost like home to me (you'll find excuses in this article for all the shows I've seen on Gilman St. today).

But there are a lot of events right now that we're very happy to host this year on the East Coast, especially in Boston, where we're having our first event in 2017.

As with all previous events, Berkeley 2020 is fantastic. At the beginning of March 2020, everything changed. No discussion of personal robotics this year. The gods of event planning must be guessed correctly, since this is a robot, it is better to fend for yourself. 

The event is scheduled for July 22, 2022 at the Hynes Convention Center. For now, that's all I can give you. But as we get closer, you'll better believe I'll put that information here.

What is robotics / AI / automation but defining 2021? Our preferred strategy for robots in 2021 is export, import and export. Many bots and bots were shipped in the past year due to security concerns, poor performance, increased automation, or all of the above. 

How will 2022 affect this group? More submissions means more competition. By 2022, the industry will need cars to work together. This means that bots from different vendors will be able to start communicating with customers who need them. Believe it or not, there was a time when Mac computers couldn't communicate with PCs. We're at a similar stage in robotics, but we have the tools to make it work together.

If you've been following this line for a year, you know I was very excited about the museum and the robot's completion. And the investment played a big role. Of course, you can't get too much credit. This post stuck to the wall for a while for a big reason.

Amazon

This is a big question on the minds of all businesses in the parcel shipping world, which is taking up a growing share of the online store. Amazon is still Katamari Damacy's capital package, covering all the businesses and businesses that get in the way, allowing its biggest competitors to find an edge. Robotics and automation is another area that Amazon has created internally, but it has certain expectations.

The last issue I saw published in the summer was 350,000 Amazon bots. It is a growing number. The promise of providing a way to control the competition against the Amazon military led to the Biggest Robot Industry of the Year. This week, for example, Symbiotic was promoted by Softbank to the public at PSPC. In addition to raising $ 725 million for the company, the exchange will give Symbiotic an estimated value of $ 5.5 billion.

Much of the excitement hinges on Walmart's vote of confidence. In July, major retailers announced the expansion of a pilot project that would bring Symbiotic automation to 25 distribution centers over the next several years. Walmart is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company and will hold a 9% stake in Symbiotic when market closes in the first half of next year, as expected. This one is heavily supported by companies like Wal-Mart, which entered the workforce of multi-role robots like Bossa Nova, which were badly injured by the cut.

It's hard to scold them for putting so many eggs in that basket. Walmart is a giant brand that can make or break startups with the right partnership. And when it comes to Wal-Mart, few companies can lose even more by asking Amazon to eat their lunch. The business is missing out on a great opportunity to have an online store from the start, and with fewer and fewer people looking for in-store knowledge, they must first research all the possibilities. secure a future.

The end result is the cause of a very large contagion. A few years ago was the last nail in the coffin for many bricks and mortars. Along with understaffing, job closures, and health issues, along with a list of reasons many companies are looking for better job opportunities, automation operations have grown rapidly.

And it doesn't even affect the whole problem of the product. When Jack White launched his 'Supply Chain Issues' tour, we knew this wasn't going to be resolved anytime soon. This will mean more investment in package automation and rethinking local manufacturing.

Earlier this year, Berkshire Gray announced SPAC gold after winning $ 263 million. Locus Robotics (which claims to be independent) received a lot of money, and Fetch Robotics was acquired by Zebra Technologies. Founder Melonee Wise told me in July.

I think it's hard. When I created the company, I didn't really have any plans. I just wanna go make something. In an honest way. I want to do something without losing. And the question is, what doesn't work so well. In fact, very few robot companies have gone public in the past 20 years. We are now starting to see SPACS, but no robotics company has gone public the traditional way.

If you ask me the difference between an IPO versus buying a special day, I think it's a gain because the robotics company doesn't have an IPO history. There are several reasons. He is greedy in material. It takes a lot of skills and investment. It is generally kept private. It is difficult for a large corporation to have an income or a loss to invest in these deep assets. I think that has started to change. And now that we have PSPC, I think we're going to see a lot of changes in that regard. But I think we'll see even more buying than we see in IPOs in the next ten years.

We primarily focus on US commerce, but it is certainly not unique to the United States. We have seen equally large environments in Europe and Asia. this week only. Beijing-based warehouse robotics company ForwardX raised $ 31 million in Series C, bringing its total investment to $ 100 million. I think it's a good bet to see the beginnings of a great environment in China due to its large population and international sourcing issues.

One subject that is not covered in all of this is something like the exoskeleton. While not a complete tool, consumer products such as the fifth-generation Cray X recently announced by German Bionic will play a major role in this space. Fortunately, not all industries see the short-term solution in the overall process, so human resources will continue to play an important role.

This means introducing additional cobots and additional devices such as exoskeletons, which have been available for years, including the recent acquisition of SuitX by Ottobock, the SPAC plans announced by Sarcos, and some big reviews from companies like Verve Motion. A faster this week comes from Stanford University. After shipping robotic gecko-inspired grippers to the international port, the team is always looking for new ways to apply the technology. The team presents an app called FarmHand which explains how these tools can be used to store raw materials such as eggs and fruit.