Rob Playter

If you thought turning academic research into robots is challenging, you’d be right. Turning academic AI research into products is brutal. If you want to 10x the challenge, though, it…

Sarcos’ Kiva Allgood and Boston Dynamics’ Robert Playter discuss what it takes to put robots to work

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Following Hyundai acquisition, Boston Dynamics’ CEO discusses the robotics pioneer’s future

A lot can change in a year. Especially this year. For Boston Dynamics, the past 12 months have brought a number of radical changes traditionally not seen at 30-year-old businesses of its size. It’s a list that includes the first new CEO in the company’s history, wide availability of its first commercial product and, most…

1:51 pm PST • December 16, 2020
Following Hyundai acquisition, Boston Dynamics’ CEO discusses the robotics pioneer’s future

Boston Dynamics’ new CEO Rob Playter told TechCrunch that the company has now sold around 260 of its sophisticated Spot robot as of his appearance at Disrupt last month. While…

Boston Dynamics’ Spot is getting an arm and self-charging dock next year

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Despite slowdowns, pandemic accelerates shifts in hardware manufacturing

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t hit every factory in China at once. The initial impact to China’s electronics industry arrived around the time the nation was celebrating its new year. Two weeks after announcing 59 known cases of a new form of coronavirus, the national government put Wuhan — a city of 11 million — under…

11:08 am PDT • September 21, 2020
Despite slowdowns, pandemic accelerates shifts in hardware manufacturing

Back in January, Robert Playter became the CEO of Boston Dynamics. It was a momentous occasion, marking the company’s first new CEO since its founding in the early 1990s when…

Boston Dynamics CEO Rob Playter is coming to Disrupt 2020 to talk robotics and automation

Boston Dynamics, the undisputed heavyweight of technical robotics wizardry, unveiled a new collaboration with the warehouse autonomous material handling and transportation technology developer, OTTO Motors. Over the past year Boston…

Boston Dynamics unveils OTTO Motors collaboration to bring our robot overlords to the warehouse

After more than a quarter century, Boston Dynamics has a new CEO. The transition (which quietly occurred late last year), saw founder Marc Raibert step aside to become chairman, as…

Boston Dynamics’ new and former CEOs discuss the future of the robotics pioneer

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Boston Dynamics appoints its first-ever new CEO

After more than a quarter-century spent developing some of the industry’s most iconic and advanced machines, Boston Dynamics is a company in the midst of a profound transformation. This week, the Waltham, Mass.-based organization issued a number of key announcements, all focused on the same fundamental shift, as it readies the release of two commercial…

7:00 am PST • January 23, 2020
Boston Dynamics appoints its first-ever new CEO