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For Boston Engineering, Robotics Deeds Speak Louder Than Words

For Boston Engineering, Robotics Deeds Speak Louder Than Words

Boston Engineering Corp. (BEC) resembles a number of smaller product and consultancy firms operating in the robotics arena. The privately held, Waltham, Mass.-based company was founded in 1995 by mechanical and electrical engineers as an engineering services firm offering end-to-end,...

Implications of AAI’s UAS Fee-for-Service Announcement

AAI Corp., an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced in February that it was expanding its unmanned aircraft systems fee-for-service efforts to included civil, commercial, and scientific entities, as well as military customers. This...

Boom and Bloom for UAS and Acronyms

The military unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry continues to boom and bloom. The “boom” results from a market that is rapidly growing in both revenue and the number of deployed systems. New applications–prototyped, developed, and fielded–provide the “bloom.” Here’s a...

AnyBots Seeks to Monetize Remote-Controlled Mobile Telepresence

Anybots Inc. was founded in 2001 by Trevor Blackwell, using personal funds resulting from the sale of ViaWeb, a web-based authoring tool for building online stores, to Yahoo (ViaWeb became Yahoo! Store). In January 2009, the Mountain View, Calif.-based Anybots...

Vecna Throws Hat into Robotics Ring

Vecna has made inroads into the defense robotics market, but its QC Bot hospital courier and a repurposed medical version of its BEAR battlefield extraction and rescue robot have the best chance for commercial success in the near term.

BCT Modernization Program: Where the Opportunities Are

In keeping with his plan to address the challenges of irregular warfare, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced in April 2009 that all eight manned vehicle programs of the Army’s long-running Future Combat Systems (FCS) program were cancelled...