Amazon acquired robotics company Dispatch to build Scout

(techcrunch.com)

64 points | by mmq 71 days ago

4 comments

  • lnsru 71 days ago

    What will happen to Starship Technologies? Both robots are very similar in pictures. Wasn’t Estonia good enough market for robotics startup?

    • robk 71 days ago

      It's hard to believe there's no IP issues as that Amazon one looks JUST like the Starship model.

      • Fricken 70 days ago

        There's plenty of prior art for boxy 6-wheeled robots.

        Pepsi also has a boxy 6-wheeled delivery robot:

        https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/snacks-wheels-peps...

        • Twirrim 70 days ago

          Even if they were, like at almost every major company, engineers in Amazon are told _not_ to look at patents at all, ever.

          The way the patent system in the US is set up, there's a huge financial difference (orders of magnitude, IIRC) between "accidental infringement" and "wilful infringement".

          If your engineers have never gone looking for patents, it can't be argued that you wilfully infringed on existing patents, should it ever go to court.

          • sib 70 days ago

            > The way the patent system in the US is set up, there's a huge financial difference (orders of magnitude, IIRC) between "accidental infringement" and "wilful infringement".

            It's up to 3x ("treble damages") and the US Supreme Court lowered the standard for granting increased damages not too long ago.

            https://www.jonesday.com/Supreme-Court-Upends-Law-of-Treble-...

          • withhighprod 70 days ago

            There’s for sure no IP issue. That’ll be the first thing Amazon checked during acquisition and it’s a pain in the ass for someone undergone it.

          • matthewfelgate 71 days ago

            They are still going and expanding. They are on US college campuses and in Milton Keynes, UK.

          • nocam 71 days ago

            Why are these ads fixed on ukulele music?

            • giorgioz 71 days ago

              It feels like this article is purposefully avoiding back-linking to Starship Technologies website https://www.starship.xyz

              Could have Amazon acqui-hired Starship Technologies instead of Dispatch? The reason is probably that Dispatch is backed by Andreessen Horowitz.

              This doesn’t feel meritocracy to me. It feels Silicon Valley is building an inner circle where they only invest in each other. Techcrunch seems part of it avoiding back-linking and SEO gains for Estonian based Starship Technologies.

              Is this article just content marketing to publicize Amazon and Dispatch?

              • matthewfelgate 71 days ago

                So Amazon kinda lied when they said it was built with in house technology.

                • mft_ 71 days ago

                  If they bought the smaller company together with its IP, employees, and patent, that all becomes 'in house', doesn't it?

                  • kkarakk 71 days ago

                    amazon's "house" is slang for "wareHOUSE full of startups amazon bought for an aggregate purchase price of $204 million to acquire technologies and know-how to enable Amazon to serve customers more effectively"