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Video Reconnaissance in a Small, Throwable Package

A manufacturer of tactical, micro-robot systems, ReconRobotics Inc. has focused its product line on the need for immediate video reconnaissance and situational awareness by law enforcement and military units operating in high-risk environments. ReconRobotics’ devices weigh less than 3 pounds,...

AnthroTronix Primed for Prosperity

AnthroTronix Inc., based in Silver Spring, Md., describes itself as an “engineering research and development firm committed to optimizing the interaction between people and technology.” Founded in 1999, AnthroTronix has grown steadily, and now employs about 15 people and generates...

5D Robotics Standardizing Control Interfaces for Robotics End Users

5D Robotics Standardizing Control Interfaces for Robotics End Users

5D Robotics Inc. is among many companies attempting to gain a foothold in the robotics software market. The Carlsbad, Calif.-based company is developing a common framework that will allow some degree of standardization among robot platforms. The firm’s focus, however,...

Autonomous Glider Technology Advances Steadily

The quest to further explore the oceans and marine life, as well as natural and man-made disasters like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, are all driving strong demand and increased production of a class of unmanned...