Happy 2022! It’s good to be back in the Bay Area after a short Australia break.
I dropped into CES on the way and was impressed by the startups, including French robotics startups Nyrio and NimbleOne, Biped.AI from Switzerland and Californian Labrador Robotics. I saw some interesting new battery technologies, and flexible solar panels. I also travelled by the Tesla Loop, the underground car tunnel created by The Boring Company, which currently has three stations connecting the convention center halls. Apparently Las Vegas has just approved the construction of many more Tesla Loop stops connecting the convention center to the rest of the hotels on the Strip. It’s a sideways move towards driverless vehicles, not on the road, but in the tunnels.
I’m about to visit the National Retail Foundation’s Big Show in NY to see where the greatest traction is for robots in retail. Is it in delivery? Inventory? Microfulfilment? Frictionless checkout? In fashion? I suspect that food processing and preparation for new retail formats is the latest interest.
Coming up soon, the California League of Food Processors big Food Processing Expo
in Sacramento on Feb 15-16. And in March the World AgriTech Summit
will be held in San Francisco, with the Animal AgTech Summit ahead and the Food Processing Summit after.
In the health robotics field, I’m looking forward to attending the annual Wearacon
in Scottsdale Arizona to explore the world of exoskeletons, powered clothing and wearables. Also we’re continuing to work with the Association of Manufacturing Technology.
Do you have problems with the product design process? Would you like to be able to easily access experts in every area in the United States? Would a robotics design and manufacturing directory be useful? On that topic, there’s a class coming up at Circuit Launch on Feb 3rd (see below).