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Andy Rubin thinks legs are the future of roboticsThe investor shows off a pair of torso-less robotic legs called Cassie at a TechCrunch robotics conference at the University of California, Berkeley, on Friday.
One of the companies that we've invested in is a company called Agility Robotics. And I'm a big fan of biped robots and this technology leverages this notion of passive dynamics. Which is gonna become really really important As we move forward here because passive dynamics are similar to the way humans and biology and animals operate. My muscles and my leg don't look like a servomotor with harmonic drive, which is what a lot of robots use these days. There's a different mechanical architecture To the way human, the human body and biology works. And this team has done a really, really good job of implementing that in hardware that's mimicking biology in a way where, I think, there's gonna be a lot of, as a platform, there's gonna be a lot of innovation built on top of it. And this is called Cassie. Is the name of this robot. So I have to ask you real quick, we don't have a lot of time left, but are you able to look at a robot like this and see commercial applications? Is this a robot that has a short-term pay off? Well remember, I do look at, so in order to do the things that this robot is doing in front of the audience here There's obviously a lot of engineering and a lot of compute power and a lot of software and a lot of the innovation that had to go to do this and like I said before I think in the terms of platforms right. So why wouldn't I want to add legs? To everything in the world. You've all seen, hear these, is it getting a little close to you? He peeps, there's a mating call. [LAUGH] You've all seen these delivery vehicles, these kinda last mile delivery vehicles. If you want one of those, To walk up the front steps in your house and leave a package at the door. The only way you're gonna do that is with legs. The world is built for beings with two legs. For humans, and you know the majority of the population lives in high rises, in these big urban areas. So you have to be able to ride an elevator to a front door, and that's just not something that we're capable of doing today with wheeled vehicles. So next time you order something from Amazon This guy might be. Why not? You might need to build some arms onto him, but you're half way there.