The Masters of Engineering Podcast

Robots That Can Touch and Feel: Dr. Bill Townsend, Founder of Barrett Technology

July 15, 2019 Matt Butler Season 1 Episode 1
The Masters of Engineering Podcast
Robots That Can Touch and Feel: Dr. Bill Townsend, Founder of Barrett Technology
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The Masters of Engineering Podcast
Robots That Can Touch and Feel: Dr. Bill Townsend, Founder of Barrett Technology
Jul 15, 2019 Season 1 Episode 1
Matt Butler

Barrett Technology’s humanlike robot once shook hands with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but attracting celebrity friends is not its primary talent. Barrett is a pioneer in haptic robot arms and hands, which can apply the appropriate amount of physical pressure in different situations like a human would. The technology now has medical and physical therapy applications, with the robot arm even being able to give a massage.

In this episode, Bill tells Jon the secret behind his robots’ magic touch and reflects on how his engineering journey first started when he built a treehouse at age 14.

Show Notes

Barrett Technology’s humanlike robot once shook hands with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but attracting celebrity friends is not its primary talent. Barrett is a pioneer in haptic robot arms and hands, which can apply the appropriate amount of physical pressure in different situations like a human would. The technology now has medical and physical therapy applications, with the robot arm even being able to give a massage.

In this episode, Bill tells Jon the secret behind his robots’ magic touch and reflects on how his engineering journey first started when he built a treehouse at age 14.