In this episode, Dr. Peter Dalmaris talks with Daniel Casner.
Daniel is a robotics systems engineer with an eclectic background, including a BA in Physics and MS in Computer and Systems Engineering.
Over the years, Daniel has spent time building undersea autonomous vehicles, Internet-connected industrial equipment, and aerospace systems.
Of all his projects, the most challenging and rewarding has been creating mass production home robots.
He is presently Senior Hardware Engineer at Anki, a robotics and AI company in San Francisco.
In 2012, Daniel co-founded Robot Garden, a community based, volunteer-run Makerspace and the world’s first robotics focused Makerspace. He is currently doing volunteer STEAM education through 4-H with a constructivist education style.
This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 60.
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- [0:00:00] Introduction – Introducing Daniel Casner
- [0:02:00] Daniel talks about his background as an engineer, his education, and his interest in robots
- [0:05:55] Daniel Casner and Andra Keay cofounded Robot Garden
- [0:06:58] ANKI
- [0:08:15] What is a robot and how it differs from automation and appliances?
- [0:19:17] Robots vs robotic platforms
- [0:20:54] What is the cutting edge of robotics at the moment?
- [0:27:27] What makes ANKI robots different to other robots?
- [0:28:53] Vector Robot
- [0:32:45] Anki Developer page
- [0:33:31] Cozmo Robot
- [0:34:01] Amazing things people have done with Cozmo SDK
- [0:38:41] ANKI’s roadmap and the next steps in the evolution of Cosmo and Vector
- [0:43:03] Robot Garden makerspace
- [0:47:03] Robot Garden events and membership
- [0:48:30] Daniel’s biggest challenge when starting the Robot Garden makerspace and what he would do differently
- [0:50:35] A worldwide directory of hackerspaces and makerspaces
- [0:51:21] Daniel’s leisure activities and how much his engineering background spills in other parts of his life
- [0:56:56] What app Daniel cannot live without
- [0:58:35] Resources for people interested in robotics
- [1:01:48] Daniel’s programming language of choice: Python and C
- [1:04:15] Daniel’s contact information: Email: [email protected]