Agility Robotics, a company launched out of Oregon State research, designs and builds walking and running robots. Its first robot, Cassie, has been joined by Digit, which adds an upper torso, arms, sensors, and additional computing power.
“For robots, these new capabilities are important when moving through complex, human-oriented environments,” said Jonathan Hurst, associate professor of robotics and co-founder of Agility Robotics.
Agility recently partnered with Ford Motor Co. to explore deploying Digit robots from automated delivery vans to carry packages from curb to doorstep.
Another Oregon State spinoff, Pellucere (formerly known as CSD Nano), which applies in-field optical coatings, is set to begin full-scale commercial deployment after a major investment.
One of its products, MoreSun, is a solar coating and application system that adds an anti-reflective and anti-soiling silica coating to solar panels in the field, increasing energy output by up to 4.7%. It was developed through a National Science Foundation-funded project led by Brian Paul, professor of advanced manufacturing. Paul partnered with Jimmy Yang, professor of finance, and Chih-hung Chang, professor of chemical engineering, to leverage their joint research work in micro- and nano-manufacturing to formulate new approaches to thin film deposition.