Amazon Astro underwhelms; Vicarious Surgical CEO Adam Sachs

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In this week’s episode, Steve and Mike dive into Amazon Astro. Amazon unveiled its much-anticipated consumer robot earlier this week, and it’s underwhelmed the robotics community. We share our thoughts about Astro and hear from callers who share their opinions about Amazon’s first consumer robot.

We also interviewed Adam Sachs, CEO and founder of Vicarious Surgical. The Massachusetts-based company is developing a next-generation surgical system that in 2019 won FDA breakthrough device designation for its virtual reality-based robot-assisted surgical device. He discussed the challenges and keys to developing the system, the opportunities ahead, and debuting last week on the NYSE via SPAC.

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Links mentioned in the show

Amazon Astro robot: been there, done that
Leaked Documents Show How Amazon’s Astro Robot Tracks Everything You Do

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