When it comes to moving the possibilities of robotics forward, innovation isn’t the only thing that matters—it’s also about access. Evan Atherton, a senior research engineer in the Robotics Lab at Autodesk, talks about his team’s efforts to create robotic interfaces that are intuitive, so users don’t need to write code. One recent project is Mimic, a free, open-source plug-in for Maya that provides an animation-based workflow for programming industrial robots. Where it once took weeks or months to program a robot for a factory cell, with Mimic, filmmakers and other creatives who are new to robotics can learn how to program a robot overnight.
About the speaker
As a senior research engineer for the Autodesk Robotics Lab, Evan explores technologies and trends that will impact the future of automation. He holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He’s also a filmmaker. His short film, Artoo in Love, was the runner-up for the 3D World’s CG Awards in the Best VFX category.
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