A dark kitchen is not where we end up in search of a midnight snack. Rather, it’s a concept for restaurants, especially in bigger cities, that eliminates the front-of-house aspect of a restaurant (dining room, tables, chairs, waitstaff) to leave only food preparation tasks. Basically, it’s a restaurant that exists only to serve carry-out or delivery orders for customers.
At InOrbit, most of our time is spent thinking about robots and how to make them perform better. But part of that vision includes robots and humans working together – without the human factor, robots are just a collection of metal and plastic parts. Here is another in a series of posts highlighting some of the outstanding humans on the InOrbit team, also known as InOrbiters. The posts aim to share details on some of the newest members of the team, what drove them to work here, and what they find most interesting about robotics and the development of the InOrbit platform.
Barbara Martinez, Front-end developer
It’s not a surprise to hear that many of today’s roboticists were inspired by George Lucas and the Star Wars films to create their own “droids” and intelligent machines. As the world recognizes Star Wars Day (May 4, as in “May the Fourth” be with you), we noticed some similarities between the droids in a galaxy far, far away and the ones now populating planet Earth. We also realized that much of the universe-saving that goes on in the movies rely on the assistance of these mechanized beings.
We’ve said it here before, but it’s worth repeating – robots fail, and they fail more often than you think. When companies talk about the benefits of robotics, they tend to gloss over some of the downsides of autonomous systems, especially those that work in dynamic, changing and chaotic environments. Robots get stuck, they get lost, they break down … and occasionally they even catch fire or fall down an escalator.
At InOrbit, most of our time is spent thinking about robots and how to make them perform better. But part of that vision includes robots and humans working together – without the human factor, robots are just a collection of metal and plastic parts. We are starting a series of posts highlighting some of the outstanding humans on the InOrbit team, also known as InOrbiters. The posts will share details on some of the newest members to the team, what drove them to work here, and what they find most interesting about robotics and the development of the InOrbit platform.
Clara Sanchez, Software Engineer
How did you find out about InOrbit?
I was working as a secretary in a physical therapy office while studying computer engineering. After seeing an Instagram ad for an academy called Henry that trains programmers without charging them anything during the course (the student pays when they get a job), I studied part-time for eight months to become a full stack developer. After finishing the course, I saw an ad for InOrbit and applied to become a programmer here.
A healthy organization is constantly evolving and growing. That’s why we are very pleased to share that our executive team at InOrbit is growing with the addition of Diego May as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO).
Diego has a track record of driving business growth. With a rich experience in sales, marketing and business development, and roles ranging from startup founder and board member to venture capitalist and driving sales/BD at public companies, Diego is the perfect complement to InOrbit’s founding team.
“The robotics industry is at an inflection point and InOrbit is uniquely positioned to be a catalyst for the current growth,” said Diego. “I am excited to join this amazing team to help realize the vision and create this new software category.”
InOrbit is a leading partner of the Qualcomm® Robotics Platform and a member of its Qualcomm Advantage Network. Qualcomm and InOrbit have integrated the next generation of AI-enabled, 5G-connected autonomous robots with a modern, distributed data platform that can maximize the potential of every robot.
Robots operating in unstructured environments are bound to run into situations that require human intervention. Having the right incident management system is key to meeting service level agreements (SLAs) to help prevent robots from failing constantly.
To say 2020 was a challenging year for all of us would be like saying water is wet. Duh. Instead, we turn to some of our favorite films for inspiration to explain why challenges are good for people and companies.