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Innovating With the Grain World’s First Bulk Solids Locomotion Device

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Forget drones, the future swims!

Imagine a world where robots don't fly, they dive - not through water, but through mountains of sand, grains, and powders. This isn't science fiction, it's the reality being built by Lorenzo Conti, the engineer behind a revolutionary technology. Join Matt Watson as he digs deep into the technology behind moving through "granular materials" with unprecedented efficiency.

In this episode, we dive headfirst (pun intended!) into Lorenzo's fascinating journey:

  • From discovering a hidden connection between physics and sand to creating the world's first "Dune"-worthy sand swimmer.
  • Navigating the challenges of changing entire industries, one grain at a time.
  • Unveiling the secrets of movement in unpredictable environments, paving the way for a future of automated grain management.
  • Exploring the future of robotics, where robots become platforms for customization and collaboration.
  • And finally, challenging the status quo of international patent protection in the age of innovation.

Join us as we uncover the secrets of the "granular world" and explore the future of technology that literally swims through it!


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Highlighted Discussion Points:

  • Building robots to swim through grain with Crover founder Lorenzo Conti. 0:31
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology in Scotland. 1:35
  • Using AI to monitor grain quality and safety. 6:57
  • Using sensors to monitor grain quality. 11:46
  • Designing and manufacturing a robot for harvesting grain. 17:49
  • Developing a robotic system for grain storage inspection. 25:26
  • The patent filing process for a unique physical device. 31:54
  • Entrepreneurship, technology, and the future of work. 37:04


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