Apptronik, an award-winning robotics company based in Austin, Texas, has planned to develop a general-propose robot called Apollo. The company focuses on costs and reliability from scratch, creating its own actuators to ensure they will be cost-effective and supply-chain friendly.
Jeff Cardenas, Apptronik co-founder and CEO, mentioned that the company is positioning Apollo as a high-performance, easy-to-use, versatile system. It imagines Apollo as an ‘iPhone of robots.’ He also stated that as a company, Approtronik had built more than 30 unique electric actuators, and now it is honored to start with its commercial humanoids.
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The company’s importance on commercialization gives it a much different perspective on robotics development. According to Apptronik, to build a commercial robot, you must consider various aspects like minimizing part count, maintaining robustness, and keeping the overall costs manageable. The company’s starting point was to figure out what the minimum viable humanoid robot would look like.
Shaun Azmi, the leader of the Dexterous Robotics team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, mentioned that the development of Apollo is the partnership to empower the development of technology to sustain through the Artemis program and looking forward to mars.