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Hardly Trying: The Rapid Rise of Soft Robotics

Lux Research Strategic Foresight, Innovation Leadership Board, and SRI International

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

Hardly Trying: The Rapid Rise of Soft Robotics

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Robots have long been hard, in both senses of difficult to make, and of painful when they hit you. But now, a growing crowd of material, electronics, software, and design innovations is bringing the new paradigm of soft robotics to market. Startups, corporations, and venture investors are working to build and deploy robots that are lighter, safer, smaller, and cheaper – without sacrificing precision or strength. Biomimicry, novel polymers, advanced textiles, and flexible electronics are some of the key enabling material technologies, while artificial intelligence, machine vision, and computer-aided design complement them; investment and advances are needed in each.

Please join Lux Research, the Innovation Leadership Board, SRI International, and other colleagues for a strategic foresight workshop at SRI International on June 10. This event will bring together developers of the latest, most accessible robotics technologies, along with users in industry who are looking to deploy robotics in manufacturing, medicine, agriculture, logistics, and many other fields. We hope to see you there!


Agenda

9:00-9:30 Stage-setting

Welcome and Opening Remarks - Peter Marcotullio, SRI International and Mark Bünger, Lux Research 

Define key challenges, questions, and needs - Bill Cockayne, Lead|X and Stanford University

9:30-10:45 Soft robotics: Info and material technologies meet

Maryanna Saenko, Lux Research

Vytas Sunspiral, NASA Ames

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-11:45 Battle Bots? Where soft robots complement conventional, and where they compete 

Andra Keay, Silicon Valley Robotics

Roy Kornbluh, SRI International

11:45-12:30 Material-related opportunities and unmet needs

Tim Swift, Pneubotics / Otherlab

Charlie Duncheon, Grabit

Carl Vause, Soft Robotics

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:15 Foresight activity: Context maps

2:15-3:00 Foresight activity: Future User

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-4:00 Foresight activity: White spots

4:00-4:30 Foresight activity: Paper prototyping

4:30-5:00 Report-out and Summary

Actions and Deliverables

Adjourn / reception

Have questions about Hardly Trying: The Rapid Rise of Soft Robotics? Contact Lux Research Strategic Foresight, Innovation Leadership Board, and SRI International

When & Where


SRI International
333 Ravenswood Ave
Building I
Menlo Park, CA 94025-3493

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PDT)


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Lux Research Strategic Foresight, Innovation Leadership Board, and SRI International

Questions? Contact us at:

Mark Bünger, Lux Research mark.bunger@luxresearchinc.com

Dr. William Cockayne cockayne@stanford.edu   

Dr. Tamara Carleton, Innovation Leadership Board carleton@innovation.io

Peter Marcotullio, SRI International peter.marcotullio@sri.com

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