Reflecting on a roller coaster year for robotics

News Summary

  • Given the time, resources and brain power involved in launching a robotics company, that’s especially applicable here.Once more big companies have determined their robotics strategies, expect them to get even more aggressive with acquisitions.
  • First, it reignited an important conversation around robotic form factors, and second, it reset a lot of expectations about what a robot is — and can be — in 2022.A dramatic firework display shoots out from Big Ben at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s eve.
  • As anticipated, the Amazon/iRobot deal announced back in August is facing exactly that.Far and away, the biggest bit of robotics news I missed during my time off was Intrinsic’s acquisition of Open Robotics.
  • Robotics has had the beginnings of a renaissance during that time, so it follows that it will have a bigger presence at the biggest consumer electronics show.To all of my fellow journalists covering the space, a word of warning: bad robots are nothing new.
  • Image Credits: Getty ImagesA few more things to watch out for:As someone said to me recently, it may feel like we’ve been doing this robotics thing forever, and certainly there were times when it felt like progress was moving at a glacial pace.
  • The future didn’t look exactly like any of us expected (futures have a way of doing that), but it’s here nonetheless.Labor is, of course, a big centerpiece to the robotics conversation.
Big thanks to Joyce Sidopoulos, Peter Barrett and Ken Goldberg for filling in the last few weeks. Im excited by the boost this newsletter has been getting in recent months and wanted to keep the ligh [+12091 chars]