More robots! Announcing three demos for TC Sessions: Robotics at MIT on July 17

TechCrunch | 7/17/2017 | Matt Burns
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There are so many great robotics projects underway that it’s hard to pick the best to appear at TC Sessions: Robotics, which is coming to MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on July 17. The agenda is full with lots of robots accompanying their creators on panel sessions and 1:1s. But that’s not enough. There event will also feature three straight-up demos, and today we’re pleased to announce the companies and projects that will take the stage.

MIT’s Sangbae Kim won global attention with the cheetah robot, which Kim developed at MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab. The quadruped can not only run smoothly, but Cheetah II can run and jump over obstacles without missing a step. Kim plans to introduce the audience to Cheetah III and show off new capabilities, including voice activation. Kim has a PhD in robotics from Stanford University and is an assistant professor at MIT.

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