Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Robotics Cluster meeting hosted by Harvest Automation: May 28, 2015

Our May 2015 Robotics Cluster meeting was attended by 40+ MTLC members, standing room only!  After “around the room introductions”, as is customary at our meetings, Josh Lessing gave us a look at Soft Robotics, taking Harvard research to soft grippers with their first sale just THIS month!  He spoke of understanding the customer need, solving their problem, and their process – stressing the importance of balancing adaptability, complexity and cost.
Tye Brady, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Draper Laboratory, discussed his findings and recommendations for enabling UAS growth within Massachusetts a result of the MAAVRIC (Massachusetts Autonomous Air Vehicle Research and Innovation Consortium) study completed earlier this year.
Soft Robotics demo box

                        Kenn Sebesta with CyPhy’s LVL 1 Drone                       

Charlie Grinnell, Founder & COO of Harvest Automation gave a brief history of the company and new growth areas they are pursuing.  We later received a tour of their ecommerce test site and a live demonstration.
There was no shortage of live demonstrations during this meeting.  We were treated by Kenn Sebesta to a demonstration of Cy Phy’s LVL 1 Drone – which Kenn flew indoors:  <  click here 1 >  This project has almost doubled its funding goal with Kickstarter and will be funded on 18 June 2015.
After a long networking break, many in the group ventured over to the Harvest warehousing test site to watch the TM-100 in action.  This is a distribution/fulfillment robot available for purchase next Spring 2016.  See this bot in action <  click here 2 >

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