agility

General purpose humanoid robots? Bill Gates is a believer

The robotics industry loves a good, healthy debate. Of late, one of the most intense ones centers around humanoid robots. It’s been a big topic for decades, of course, but the recent proliferation o

Agility is using large language models to communicate with its humanoid robots

I’ve spent much of the past year discussing generative AI and large language models with robotics experts. It’s become increasingly clear that these sorts of technologies are primed to revolutioni

Humanoid robots face a major test with Amazon’s Digit pilots

Announced amid a deluge of news at this week’s Delivering the Future event in Seattle was word that Amazon will begin testing Agility’s Digit in a move that could bring the bipedal robot to its na

Amazon begins testing Agility’s Digit robot for warehouse work

At today’s Delivering the Future event, Amazon announced that it will begin testing Agility’s bipedal robot Digit in its facilities. Amazon Robotics Chief Technologist Tye Brady said the testing i

Winging it

Once again, your intrepid robotics reporter finds himself in the warm embrace of the Bay. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the warmest I was ever embraced was early summer in Santa Clara. I’m writing this

Fetch founder Melonee Wise joins Agility Robotics as CTO

We’ve discussed Agility quite a bit over the last several years. Most recently, it’s been a focus on the Oregon firm’s push to commercialize. There’s no question that the technology is impress

Meet the new face of Agility Robotics’ Digit

There’s a broad range of thought on robot faces. It’s a surprisingly difficult aspect to get right for some very good reasons. For one thing, we’re hardwired to recognize and intuit faces, so sm

Boston Dynamics, Agility and others pen letter condemning weaponized ‘general purpose’ robots

This morning, a group of prominent robotics firms issued an open letter condemning the weaponization of “general purpose” robots. Signed by Boston Dynamics, Agility, ANYbotics, Clearpath R

As it brings its bipedal robots to market, Agility announces a $150M round

Yesterday, Amazon announced that Agility Robotics is one of the five initial startups benefitting from the company’s $1 billion innovation fund. If I had to guess, I’d say that meant the retail gi

Robotics founders: Build your pitch deck around problem-solving, not technology

In a recent episode of TechCrunch Live, Agility's Jonathan Hurst and Playground Global's Bruce Leak joined us to discuss the robotic company's journey from the lab to the commercial sector.

They’re programmed to work hard and play hard

Industrial robotics are big and heavy — and in some cases, legitimately dangerous. They’re also extremely difficult to train — particularly if you plan to implement them for tasks outside of the

Cassie the bipedal robot runs a 5K

You may well recognize Cassie as the basis of Agility Robotics’ delivery bot, Digit. If you’ve been following the tech’s progression at all, however, you no doubt know that it started life as th