Get the most out of Ro­bot­ics Business Review!

This is a preview article. Please register for access to all content.
Learn more about membership benefits and start your membership today!

A Live Look At AUVSI Las Vegas
First impressions of what's new in autonomous aerial, ground and underwater technology
By Casey Nobile

With all the bustle on the floor at AUVSI, you’d never guess at a glance that defense budgets are shrinking. Pandering to the DoD crowd is apparent, with simulated jungles and camouflage speckling the booths, but with professional partnering and modularity the words of the day, everyone is whispering “show me the money” (as in, literally, where is it?)

All the big boys are here, from Boeing to Northrop Grumman, with their massive UAVs, but mid-level players and components specialists are exhibiting the most versatility when you consider the progression of the commercial market for unmanned aerial, ground, and underwater vehicles. From embedded processing units the size of a credit card to advanced mosaic vision technology, one can easily see the profitability in creating high quality components for an industry moving towards a la carte ordering. Standardization will become key in this process as the open source movement and multi-robot interoperability on the battlefield progress.

A lot of talk has revolved around the location (Las Vegas) and its distractions, with newcomers and veterans alike wondering if some visitors are blinded by the neon lights. Walking the floor, I see a veritable toy land, a militarized microcosm of the Vegas strip. Check out our slideshow, and decide for yourself.

Get premium access to all RBR content, join today!
Get your membership today!
Already a member? Log in.

View the 8 photos attached to this entry
A Live Look At AUVSI Las Vegas

View this slideshow

About the author

Casey Nobile is the lead editor for Robotics Business Review’s RBR50 news, editorial and business segment. She is also contributing writer and editor for the publication’s News & Technology columns with special emphasis on breaking news coverage for science, technology and financial transactions. Casey is also editor and contributor for other in-house publications: Robotics Trends; RoboBusiness and RoboBusiness exhibit services.

No comments yet. Be the first to post a comment.



View comment guidelines

Remember me

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Special Focus: Robots and the Law

Special Focus: 3D Printing
3D Printing

The new reality of customizable, one-off production:
Additive Manufacturing (AM). Where it’s going, why and what’s
driving its emergence.

3D Printing Plastics: Demand and Opportunities

Inside 3D Printing: Industry Analysis to End Users

Webcast: 3D Printing in a World of Plastics
More in 3D Printing

Healthcare Robotics 2015-2020: Trends, Opportunities & Challenges

Conducting R&D with Government Funding

2015 RBR50 Nominations Now Open

Philae Robot Space Probe Makes Historic Comet Landing

Why Intel is Betting on Drones