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Video Reconnaissance in a Small, Throwable Package

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,...

The Promise and Pitfalls of Open Source in Robotics

The Promise and Pitfalls of Open Source in Robotics

Open source technologies provide a low barrier to entry and foster communities of contributors accelerating advancements, but developers need to pay close attention to licensing nuances and weigh commercial trade-offs.

Robots and Disasters

Robots and Disasters

As details of the tragic events in Japan continue to unfold, it should come as no surprise that the island nation, which is a world leader in the development of robots, should use that very technology in times of disaster....

KumoTek: Small Company Looms Large

KumoTek: Small Company Looms Large

Although it describes itself as a “robotics engineering and design company,” KumoTek LLC is much more than that. The company created life-size animatronic dinosaurs that interact with an audience by visually tracking it and responding differently based on the size...

BlueBotics Leads and Succeeds with ANT

BlueBotics Leads and Succeeds with ANT

The mission statement for BlueBotics SA, a 2001 spin-off from the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, reads, “to market innovative and promising mobile robotics technologies.” The company has made good on...