Transforming the Twin Cities into a robotics hub
St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 11, 2011
The little robot scuttling across the floor at ReconRobotics will likely never get a casting call from Hollywood. It weighs less than a pound, rolls on knobby plastic wheels at either end of a headless, armless cylinder and communicates through insect-like antennas. "It's just a camera on wheels," said Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, head of the University of Minnesota's Center for Distributed Robotics. "Why is it so popular? Because it does a very dangerous job and it saves lives." The robot will be one of the stars of Robotics Alley, the first regional conference on robots. The conference has an ambitious goal—to transform the Twin Cities into the hub for a Midwestern robotics industry.
Reconnaissance robots to the rescue
Star Tribune, May 31, 2009
Using robot technology developed by U of M researchers in the SECTTRA program, an Edina company sells miniature robots to police and the military that let them see dangers before facing them.
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Visit the U of M's Center for Distributed Robotics Web site and learn more about the amazing Scout robot. See photos, detailed descriptions and video demonstrations.
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