Knightscope Selects Segway’s RMP220 as a Base Platform for its K5 Autonomous Data Machine to Predict and Prevent Crime

K5 Autonomous Data Machine

Knightscope recently announced it is developing technology to predict and prevent crime utilizing autonomous robots and predictive analytics. Crime has a $1 trillion negative economic impact on the US each year, and it is Knightscope’s mission to cut that in half with its new K5 Autonomous Data Machine.

Knightscope’s K5 is built on the Segway RMP220, a powerful and highly maneuverable two-wheeled dynamically stable platform, which allows for obstacle avoidance, path planning and human-robot interaction. The RMP220 can travel up to 10 mph, is industrial grade, has a zero turning radius and offers a human-height point of view to provide a commanding physical presence and to fully leverage the K5’s extensive sensor payload.

Each K5 features an integrated operating system that guides the unit autonomously through defined boundaries enabling it to collect real-time data from the unit’s immediate surroundings.

The K5 accommodates a wide range of sensor options including nighttime and daytime omnidirectional cameras, ambient noise microphones, optical character recognition, thermal imaging, air quality, ultrasonic, lasers and more. Data collected through these sensors is processed through Knightscope’s predictive analytics engine, combined with existing business, government and social data sets, and subsequently assigned a threat level that determines when an alert should be pushed.

“Knightscope chose Segway’s RMP220 as the base for its crime fighting robots to enable easy scaling of our K5 Autonomous Data Machines as well as to support our fast go-to-market strategy,” said Arne Stoschek, Vice President of Engineering, Knightscope. “Additional factors in our decision to implement the RMP220 included its outstanding maneuverability, extended battery life and long-term durability.” 

Knightscope will revolutionize safety by crowd sourcing security. By making data streams public upon any alert and allowing the community to engage and contribute in the process, Knightscope maintains transparency and strengthens the ability to reduce crime.

K5 Autonomous Data Machine

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To view Knightscope’s Autonomous Data Machine demonstration videos, please click here.

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To learn more about Knightscope and to join Segway in supporting this critical technology, visit WeFunder.com/Knightscope and join the fight! For more information about Segway RMP development opportunities, please contact us. To stay connected with Segway Robotics, please visit our website to sign up for our newsletter and RSS feed or follow us on Twitter.

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Segway Robotics Contributes to Robots Becoming Army Squad Members

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The article “U.S. Army foresees robots becoming squad members – Autonomous, bomb-sensing vehicles and personal robotic assistants could transform teams of soldiers written by Sharon Gaudin appeared in Computerworld’s July 25, 2013 issue. To follow is an excerpt.

 

 

"We’re looking at the vehicle being able to decide when to assume responsibility," said Greg Hudas, the Army’s chief engineer for ground vehicle robots. "We’re looking into the problem of the machine understanding the consciousness of humans. Are they drowsy or are they so intent on another task that if they take control of the vehicle, will it be dangerous? The interaction needs to be tightly coupled between the human and the machine."

To get some of the "smarts" into the robots, the Army is working with 5D Robotics Inc., a robotics software company, which in turn is working with DRS Technologies and Segway Inc. 5D said it is trying to integrate human behaviors into robots, such as robotic assistants that carry soldier’s packs or small wheeled robots the size of a big shoe box that can carry cameras into dangerous areas.

Jackie Fenn, an analyst with Gartner Inc. said, "I do like that notion of the robotic assistant. What work you can offload to robots is a very promising angle. But trust is critical. You really get that by having it work. When humans see that there are things they wouldn’t be able to do without a robot, that’s when the real change in thinking happens. If you can send a robot in to check out a building and keep a soldier back and safe, then that really adds value."

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To learn more, please view the original article in its entirety here. To review additional and related coverage, please click here.

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Segway’s RMP440 LE Works with 5D Robotics’ Software to Lighten a Soldier’s Load

A recent collaboration between Rapid Equipping Force and the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence brought together solutions from  Segway RoboticsDRS Technologies and 5D Robotics to perform a comprehensive ‘lighten a soldier’s load’ evaluation at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. The robot’s mission was to follow and keep up with a squad while transporting a heavy payload and navigating a lengthy distance of varied terrain.

The assessment tested the Segway® RMP (Robotics Mobility Platform) 440 LE’s ability to carry 200 pounds of critical equipment including soldiers’ packs, sandbags, food and water and the ability of 5D Robotics’ Behavior Engine™ software to direct the platform.

Segway’s RMP440 LE

Segway’s RMP440 LE is a rugged, all-terrain, four-wheel drive mobility platform. Its design empowers developers to easily integrate their own equipment on top of the platform and build a customized application to meet specific needs. Click here to download a spec sheet.

5D’s Behavior Engine or “Follow Me” Technology

5D’s “follow me” technology acknowledges that like humans, robots need assistance to find their way. Once a human empowers a robot, they are capable of executing a multitude of tasks reliably and effectively.

5D’s solution emphasizes rapid, reactive, biologically inspired behavioral responses as opposed to the GPS, mapping, planning and continuous communication relied on by competitive solutions. It uses an innovative intelligent tag approach to guide interaction between robots and humans as well as between robots and other vehicles or objects.

5D’s Safety Commitment

1. Robot motion should be fast, responsive and graceful

2. Robot motion should be predictable and reliable to engender trust

3. Robots should never touch the human body unless explicitly told to do so

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The Segway RMP440 LE was fully loaded with equipment and included a generator that could be used to charge soldiers’ equipment. Over the course of 9 hours, the robot successfully followed the squad as well as traversed 16 miles of varied terrain without additional fuel or battery power. In fact, the robot maintained 33% of its generator fuel and 50% of its battery life.

The Evaluation

Soldier evaluations noted that the robot kept up with the patrol throughout the mission, was easy to understand and natural to use. Soldiers also valued the robot’s ability to carry a considerable amount of heavy gear.

Read Complete Coverage

Please click here to download a PDF of the article Keep on Running – 5D Robotics Tests Endurance Through Human-Robot Interaction Military Tests from 5D Robotics’ website.

Editorial Note

DRS Technologies’ Adaptive Mission Payload (AMP) kit and systems integration with the Segway RMP440 LE was originally tested at Fort Benning during the JIEDDO’s Endurance Challenge in June 2012. Click here  to view the blog post Adaptive Mission Payload Solution Wins Second Pace in JIDDEO’s Endurance Challenge.

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Meet HERB — a Home Exploring Robotic Butler

HERB, the Home Exploring Robot Butler created by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, is the star of the latest video in Oreo’s ongoing “Cookie vs. Creme” campaign. HERB was built by integrating a Segway RMP 200 with additional robotic functions.

HERB is the research platform of the Personal Robotics Lab and is a testbed for algorithms, software and other technology that will enable robots to perform challenging manipulation tasks where people live and work.

These videos are behind-the-scenes looks at HERB and his creators, associate professor Siddhartha Srinivasa, Ph.D. student Jennifer King and project scientist Pras Velagapudi. Click here to read Carnegie Mellon University’s blog post and learn more.

For more info about research and development opportunities, please contact us. Click here to read a past blog post about HERB.

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ARTI – Featured in Ground Combat Technology Magazine

Segway’s newest mobile robot prototype, ARTI, was featured in the December 2012 issue of Ground Combat Technology Magazine. Please click here to read the issue.

Segway’s ARTI is a functional prototype unmanned vehicle chassis that features articulated steering for exceptional off-road performance. Its potential applications as a mobile platform for robotic systems used by warfighters and leveraged for the ground combat market are wide reaching.

In an effort to further refine this proof-of-concept, which is sure to become a relevant component of powerful and efficient ground combat systems, Segway would like to collaborate with defense customers interested in using ARTI for our mutual mobile robotics research.

Features  

The ARTI platform leverages articulated steering and can accommodate the transportation of heavier payloads over more aggressive terrain. It utilizes a two degree of freedom joint to permit roll and yaw rotation. This flexibility enables the platform to quietly traverse challenging terrain while continually maintaining four points of contact with the ground.

The ARTI platform leverages Segway’s latest RMP Centralized Controller Architecture, which allows simple and intuitive communication with the platform over Ethernet, CAN or USB. System designers can set a variety of performance parameters including acceleration and deceleration rate limits, turning radius and top speed. An integrated auxiliary power module provides DC power for task specific sensors, radios and other equipment and payload items.

Segway Robotics – ARTI Prototype Specifications:

▪ Length: 53 inches
▪ Width: 33 inches
▪ Height: 23 inches
▪ Weight: 300 lbs.
▪ Ground Clearance: 11 inches
▪ Maximum All-Terrain Payload Capacity: 600 lbs. (targeted)
▪ Maximum Forward/Backward Speed: Up to 18 mph/ 8.0 m/s
▪ Turn Envelope: Features a 4.5 foot turning radius, which enables it to turn around in an area smaller than one lane of a standard road.
▪ Battery Chemistry: Lithium Ion (LiFeP04)
▪ Run Time: Up to 20 hours in standby mode 

These specifications are preliminary and do not necessarily represent this prototype’s limitations.

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Segway Announces Its Newest RMP — ARTI

Intro

ARTI is Segway’s latest Robotics Mobility Platform (RMP) prototype. Its name (an abbreviation of the word ‘articulate’) was derived from the platform’s articulated steering method. ARTI is based on the same core propulsion and interface hardware that is standard in the rest of the RMP line, but was further developed by Segway’s engineers to become a functional prototype with exceptional capabilities.

Overview

The ARTI platform utilizes a two degree of freedom joint to permit roll and yaw rotation. This flexibility enables the platform to traverse aggressive terrain while continually maintaining four points of contact with the ground. It is the first Segway RMP platform that does not have the ability to turn in place. However, it does feature a 4.5 foot turning radius, which enables it to turn around in an area smaller than one lane of a standard road.

Capabilities

ARTI’s articulated steering enables it to carry heavier payloads over more aggressive terrain as compared to our similar sized skid-steer platforms. In fact, payload is now limited only by the structural load limits of the gearboxes, wheels and tires instead to being dictated by the torque required to overcome the friction forces associated with skid-steering. ARTI is capable of quietly traveling longer distances with more payload than any other four wheel platform Segway has ever developed.

Features

The platform leverages the latest RMP Central Controller Architecture, which allows simple and intuitive communication with the platform over Ethernet, CAN or USB. Users can set a variety of performance parameters including acceleration and deceleration rate limits as well as turning radius. An optional integrated auxiliary power module provides DC power for task specific sensors, radios and other equipment and payload items. ARTI’s batteries can be fully charged in less than 3 hours via Segway’s new RMP external fast charger.

Availability

Segway is currently taking orders for ARTI platforms. It is important to note that ARTI is a prototype and does not yet have the level of finish that our production released commercial models do. However, if customer demand warrants it — and we expect that it may — this prototype will likely become part of our standard RMP product line.

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Adaptive Mission Payload Solution Wins Second Place in JIEDDO’s Endurance Challenge

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On June 22, DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. in partnership with Segway and 5D Robotics competed in the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization’s (JIEDDO’s) Endurance Challenge at Fort Benning, Georgia. JIEDDOis an entity of the U.S. Department of Defense focused on reducing and eliminating the effects of all forms of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used against U.S. and Coalition Forces.The team’s Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) comprised of the Segway RMP-X440, 5D Robotics software and DRS Adaptive Mission Payload (AMP) systems integration earned second place in the ‘Dismounted’ category with a speed of 7.83 km/hour.  While much faster speeds are possible, this demonstration was intentionally focused on executing a functional behavior.  The limiting factor for speed was how fast the human leader could run 8.85 km in 94 degree heat.  The team demonstrated an autonomous leader/follower capability over the entire course, which set a record for the longest leader/follower behavior recorded by JIEDDO.

“Segway was honored to work with DRS and to take part in this Endurance Challenge,” said Al Kisler, Defense Strategy Advisor, Segway Inc. “The performance of the AMP solution speaks for itself.”

To view the official results of the JIEDDO 2012 Counter-IED Robotics Endurance Challenge in their entirety, please click here.  For additional information on DRS’ AMP, please click here.

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Demand Grows for Live-Fire Robotic Targets

 

RMP Marathon Targets Australia’s Marathon Targets plans to more than double the number of live-fire moving trainers for the Australian Army by the end of the year.

Marathon’s systems are developed on both the Segway RMP 200 and RMP 400.

The objective is to train soldiers to shoot live ammunition at human-like moving targets before heading into actual combat situations.

  • Would you like to know more? Check out the full article on The Marine Corps Times.
  • Download Marathon’s Smart Target Spec Sheet
  • Watch Marathon’s Smart Target Videos
  • For more information on Segway’s full line of Robotics Mobility Platforms (RMPs), please contact us.

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Manu Systems AG® To Resell Segway® Inc.’s Robotics Mobility Platforms (RMPs) in Europe

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Segway Inc. recently brought on Manu Systems AG, located in Regensburg Germany, as a European reseller of its Robotics Mobility Platforms (RMPs).  Manu Systems AG is well known as one the region’s leading value-added resellers of robotic hand systems, humanoid robots and other robotics mobility systems.

“We are pleased to be working with Segway. Our mission is to provide a one-stop shopping experience for service robotics researchers,” said Marco Reichel, Chairman of the Management Board, Manu Systems. “Our offering of Segway’s RMPs has been very well received by the European research market.”

Manu Systems AG currently offers Segway’s RMP 50 Omni and 50 XL, RMP 200 and 200 ATV, RMP 400, 400 Omni and RMP 440. For more information on these platforms, please visit Manu Systems AG’s website or contact the company by phone: +49 941 9459 280 or e-mail.

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Segway Inc. Celebrates 10 Years of ‘Simply Moving’

The Company has grown, changed and is poised for continued global expansion

In December, 2001 the Segway® Personal Transporter (PT), the world’s first and only electric, two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation device was unveiled on Good Morning America. In 2002, the PT became available to customers and a remarkable, new transportation alternative was born.

Since that time, Segway has earned a global presence, is well-known as the world’s leading provider of personal, green transportation alternatives and robotics mobility platforms and will be celebrating its 10 year milestone anniversary throughout 2012! The Company’s flagship product, the PT, continues to be the heart of the business and development of a new model is well underway. However, Segway has also expanded its business further into international, robotics, public safety and tourism markets.

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Global Growth

In the last several years, Segway’s global presence has grown substantially and its expansion continues.

Europe, Middle East and Africa
These three markets are currently home to a strong and growing network of 49 distributors. The region employs a strategy of marketing the PT as a tool to support businesses, public safety and tourism markets. Nearly 95% of sales are attributed to business-to-business relationships. The region is also fully supported by a service center in Munich, Germany.

Asia Pacific
Segway has aggressively tackled this market by revamping its Asia Pacific territory and adding new distributors. In 2010, Segway opened a service center in Singapore to support the growing region. The approach to developing the Company’s presence in APAC is hands-on and significant growth is expected in 2012.

Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP)

Segway is one of the world’s leading developers of electric propulsion platforms for ground robotics applications. The comprehensive RMP product line includes both two and four wheeled platforms available in a variety of configurations. Each uses advanced PT-based technology and boasts quiet, clean and efficient operation with unmatched versatility, durability and performance.

Segway RMPs are used by academia, research laboratories and robotics integrators across the globe. Segway’s robust electric propulsion system coupled with a flexible user interface results in an open architecture transportation platform for sensors, manipulators and other payloads which suit the needs of a growing number of robotics programs and products.

Chris Crimmins, Applications Sales Engineer, said “The distinct competitive advantage of Segway’s robotic mobility platforms is that we design and produce a wide range of open architecture platforms with a level of flexibility that many other manufacturers simply can not offer.”

Segway PT Tours

The concept of touring on a Segway PT is not new. However, adding the tourism market to the Company’s business model is. In 2010, Segway launched a new division dedicated to developing Company run tours. Today, nearly a dozen tours are operating throughout the U.S. and Canada and that number is expected to grow. The distinct competitive advantages of Segway Inc. tours:

▪ As the product’s manufacturer, our staff has the expertise to assure a comprehensive product orientation.

▪ They offer the very best tour content because the team works with historical associations and like organizations to develop interesting and informative subject matter.

▪ As safety is a top priority, Segway implements strict guidelines to ensure a smooth glide and a safe experience. Comprehensive riding instruction is provided and helmets are required.

▪ Segway Tour locations have access to the very latest product information and training techniques.

▪ They offer a small guide-to-glider ratio and provide more personal attention.

“We are excited to be in the tour business and offer people a fun way to experience our product while taking in the sights,” said Monique Apter, Vice President of Sales – Americas. “We plan to continue to expand this year to several select areas in the U.S. and Canada.”

The Segway Patroller

Officers working in all areas of public safety have an immense amount of responsibility. To be as effective as possible, they require enhanced visibility and mobility – enter the Segway Patroller. Segway PTs have been deployed in more than 1,200 police departments and public safety organizations across the globe.

In 2011, Segway launched its ‘Patrolling Across America’ program. The 9-month mobile campaign logged 36,000 miles and visited more than 120 police departments in 39 states. Officers were trained, provided PTs to evaluate and educated on multiple procurement programs.

“Taking a hands-on approach with public safety agencies, offering them the opportunity to learn more about the product, train with it and evaluate it in their own environment was invaluable,” said Jamie Marsh, National Accounts Manager. “We expect demand for the Patroller to continue to grow both domestically and internationally.”

SEGWAY IN 2012 AND BEYOND

“It’s exciting to be celebrating the growth and success of Segway at the 10 year mark. We’ve experienced many challenges over the years. However, we’ve remained focused on moving forward, being innovative, advancing technology, developing products, expanding our target markets and earning a global presence,” said Wayne Mitchell, CEO. “This year, we’ll reflect on all that has been achieved in a decade knowing we are poised for continued expansion in 2012 and beyond.”

To learn more about Segway Inc., please read our Company Milestones!

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Thank You For Your Attendance at AUVSI

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Dear AUVSI Attendee,

We would like to thank you for your attendance at the 2011 AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America Expo.  We appreciate your visit to our booth to learn how Segway Inc.’s unmanned ground vehicle solutions can support your specific needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about Segway RMP robot platforms please visit: http://rmp.segway.com.

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Thanks again if you stopped by our booth at AUVSI 2011!

If you would like to contact Segway Inc. directly, please call 866-4SEGWAY or email rmp@segway.com.

Thank you,

Segway Robotics

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See you at AUVSI

AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2011
16-19 August 2011
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC, USA

With over 450+ exhibitors and 6,500+ attendees, this is the Unmanned Systems show to be at! There are representatives from over 30+ countries, which will have many indoor demonstration areas for air, ground and maritime vehicles. In addition, there will be over 150 technical, workshop, panel, and poster presentations.

Visit Segway Robotics at booth 1612

Click on the images below to learn more about Segway RMP models.


Segway RMP robot platforms incorporate Segway’s patented propulsion system technologies to provide UGVs with unmatched speed, power, and durability. Designed for easy integration by developers and integrators, Segway RMPs are available in both two and four wheeled configurations.

To learn more about Segway Robotics or request a quote on one of Segway’s unmanned ground systems, please visit: http://rmp.segway.com/

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U.S. Marines Use Australian-based Marathon Robotics As Targets

U.S. Marines training for Middle East combat will have a newer, smarter enemy target to shoot at in the fall. They will be using targets built atop on both the Segway RMP200 and RMP400. Australian-based Marathon Robotics recently sold their robot practice targets to the United States Marines. Watch the video below for more information.

For more information on the full line of Segway’s robotic platforms, click here.

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Segway Inc. at Experience NH

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Segway Inc. joins Senator Shaheen while she welcomed more than 20 New Hampshire businesses to Washington, DC to showcase the state’s unique offerings at the second annual Experience New Hampshire reception. Check out the video below of Senator Shaheen at the event. There is a great interview with a Segway Inc. representative!

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Segway Robotic Platforms Demonstrated at Quantico

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Sharpshooters from 100 yards out

Marathon Targets (http://www.marathon-targets.com/) successfully demonstrated their smart target system during a live fire demonstration at Quantico Marine Base. Marathon’s systems are developed on both the Segway RMP200 and RMP400. To view a short video of the demonstration, click here.

For more information on the full line of Segway’s robotic platforms, please visit http://rmp.segway.com/.

Marathon Targets developed on RMP200

Marathon Targets developed on Segway RMP200

Marathon Targets developed on Segway RMP400

Marathon Targets developed on Segway RMP400

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RMP 400s on Display at FPED VIII

The Segway RMP 400‘s capabilities of being a true multi-payload, open interface and robust UGV are on display at FPED VIII, the eighth Force Protection Equipment Demonstration at the Stafford Regional Airport in Stafford, Virginia. Vendors Burchfield Automation, Air Force Research Lab and Technical Support Working Group each are demonstrating the RMP 400. If attending FPED VIII, please stop by these vendor’s booth for an up close look at the RMP 400‘s capabilities.

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Research and Development for Universities

Segway ground robot platforms are the ideal starting point for applications used in research and development at universities. Segway’s RMPs are designed with simplicity in mind, which means that universities will have the freedom to choose and integrate the best hardware for their specific application.

For example, a university that is currently using Segway RMPs in their research and development studies is the University of Philadelphia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

They have designed the PhillieBot, which is a one armed, three-wheeled robot built atop a Segway RMP 200. The PhillieBot has recently thrown the opening pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game. To learn more about the PhillieBot, check out the video below.


Video © Copyright 2011 Philadelphia Media Network Inc.


For more info about research and development opportunities please contact us or request a quote. For more information about the PhillieBot, click here.

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Segway Robotic Mobile Platform 400: Our Most Powerful Unmanned Ground Vehicle

The Segway RMP 400 is our most powerful mobile robot platform. Powered by four lithium-ion battery packs and rolling on four ATV tires, the Segway RMP 400 is a mobile workhorse capable of carrying up to 400 lbs for long distances, over challenging terrain.

All Segway unmanned ground vehicles are designed for easy integration by scientists and engineers and are the ideal starting point for applications including research and development, industrial automation, security, and defense.

For more information or to request a quote, click here.

These images were taken during the 2010 Robotics Rodeo at Ft. Benning.

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Segway Robotics to Exhibit at GovSec 2011

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Deployed to 1,400+ Police & Security Organizations Worldwide
For over 10 years Segway Inc. has been the trusted partner for clients with mission critical mobility needs. Visit Booth #1110 during the Government Security Expo March 30 and 31 in Washington DC to learn how Segway’s manned and unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) solutions can support your specific needs, including:
- Segway Patroller Models
- Mobile Robot Platforms
- Funding Solutions

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MassTLC Robotics Cluster Visits Segway HQ

Segway Robotics recently welcomed members of the MassTLC Robotics Cluster to Segway Inc. headquarters in Bedford, NH.  The group received a tour of Segway facilities that included a close look at the engineering and manufacturing of Segway’s mobile robot platforms.  Check out the photos below showing demonstrations of mobile robots as well as a two person electric vehicle chassis called “P.U.M.A.

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NDIA Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference

Come see Segway mobile robot platforms on display and in action at:

NDIA Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference
Booth #313
March 22-24, 2011
Loews Royal Pacific
Orlando, FL

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Segway mobile robot platform demonstration video

Check out this video showing Segway’s RMP line of mobile robot platforms including 2WD balancing robots and all-terrain 4WD UGVs. Segway’s patented propulsion system technologies provide unmatched power and reliability to propel mobile robots.

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Humanoid mobile robot “Cody” from Georgia Tech Robotics Lab

Georgia Tech’s Healthcare Robotics Lab built a new humanoid mobile robot named “Cody” using a Segway RMP 50 Omni mobile robot platform, 1-DoF vertical linear actuator, and a pair of 7-DoF Meka Arms with series elastic actuators. Watch the video below to view Cody in action.

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Ubiquitous Mobile Robots in Urban Settings

The URUS project is focused on designing a network of mobile robots that interact with human beings and the environment.  The project integrates cooperating urban robots, intelligent sensors, intelligent devices, and communications.  Team members include the Institut de Robótica i Informática Industria (IRI), Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (UPC), and others.

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SRI using Android phone to control an Omni-directional mobile robot

Our friends at SRI’s Artificial Intelligence Center are at it again and this time they’re driving an RMP 50 Omni mobile robot using an Android phone.  Check out the video below:

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HERB – Home Exploring Robotic Butler from CMU / Intel

HERB is a mobile manipulation platform built on a Segway RMP by Intel Research Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. HERB can perform real-world tasks, such as opening refrigerator and cabinet doors, finding and collecting coffee mugs, and throwing away trash. HERB is powered by ROS and a variety of open-source libraries, including several developed by CMU researchers, like OpenRAVE and GATMO

For more info on HERB, read this article at eweek.com

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Marathon Robotics awarded $50M contract for mobile robot targets

Segway Inc. will supply its RMP mobile robot platforms to Marathon Robotics as part of a $50 Million contract with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

Marathon Robotics has spent the last 8 year perfecting an integrated system of target practice mobile robots that will revolutionize the quality and effectiveness of live-fire training.   The Segway RMP continues to be their preferred mobile robot platform due to its speed, agility, and robustness.

For more information, please see the Marathon Robotics press release

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ARC Centre for Autonomous Systems enters RoboCup 2010

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Autonomous Systems (CAS) entered the RoboCup@Home competition this year with a new personal assistance robot built on a Segway RMP 100 mobile robot platform. The CAS is the second largest robotics research group in the world with representation from the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney

The RoboCup@Home competition judges navigation, mapping, object recognition, and human-robot interaction in realistic, home-like environments. RoboCup@Home is the largest international annual competition for autonomous service robots.

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MDS humanoid robot now available from Xitome

The MDS (mobile, dextrous, social) robot combines mobile manipulation with verbal capabilities as well as facial expressions.  Built on a Segway RMP 200 base platform, the MDS robot features laser and infrared rangefinders, color CCDs, microphones, and 7DOF hands. According to Xitome’s website, the RMP “provides a small footprint and ultimate maneuverability”.  MDS is now available for purchase from Xitome.

The MDS ”Ocatvia” in the video below belongs to the US Navy.  Developed to improve robot interactions with humans, the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI) outfitted Octavia with a Fast Linear Optical Appearance Tracker (FLOAT) system, Head Gesture Recognizer, Set Theoretic Anatomical Tracker (STAT), a VLAD Recognizer, and a “modified cognitive architecture” called ACT-R/E.

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Video Credit: Science Friday
Photo Credit: Navy Center For Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI)

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RMP-450F Mobile Water Cannon Prototype

Compact and powerful, the RMP-450F prototype combines a Segway RMP400 mobile robot platform with a Unifire® Force50™ water cannon. The resulting remote-controlled firefighting vehicle promises to provide unmatched maneuverability, positioning, and control to tackle the most dangerous and long burning fires, while keeping firefighters out of harm’s way.

Note: This product is still under development. To download the product brochure, please click here. To request more information and receive future updates, please “Request a Quote” via the link at the top left of this page.

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GAVLAB – Autonomous mapping with an RMP 400

The GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory at Auburn University (GAVLAB) and the Army Corp of Engineers Huntsville Center developed an RMP 400 based mobile robot system capable of autonomously mapping a given field for the purpose of finding unexploded ordnance (UXO). A combination of GPS and INS are used for navigation, while the trailer carries two Geonics EM61-Mk2 metal detectors. The video below shows the robot in action at a range in the Great Salt Plains area of Oklahoma.

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PERL Research – Remote injury estimation using an RMP 400

The Dynamic Injury Severity Estimation (DISE) system developed by PERL Research performs automated robotic triage, using intelligent software and sensors mounted on an RMP 400, to integrate a medic’s assessment with an artificial intelligence decision algorithm that remotely determines the status of an injured soldier.

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Balancing “Segbot” in use at the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group

The Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) researches many aspects of mobile autonomy with an emphasis on perception and understanding large work spaces. To facilitate this work, the MRG developed an RMP based “Segbot” named “Lisa” that features two SICK LMS 291 laser scanners, a Ladybug camera, and a Bumblebee stereo camera.

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University of Delaware using RMP 400 to map outdoor trails

The University of Delaware’s Dynamic Vision Lab is studying algorithms for finding and following trails with autonomous mobile robots. Check out the videos below of their RMP 400 “Warthog” robot.


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3D mapping research with an RMP at Bosch RTC

The Bosch Research and Technology Center (RTC) is using Willow Garage’s open source Robot Operating System (ROS) together with a Segway RMP to research robotic exploration, 3D mapping, and telepresence. Read more about this project at ROS.org here

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Mobile manipulation research with an RMP 400

Using an RMP 400 as a test bed, Idaho National Lab (INL) and the Robotics Research Group at the University of Texas at Austin (RRG) integrated INL’s modular control software, RIK (Robot Intelligence Kernel) with RRG’s manipulation control software framework, OSCAR (Operational Software Components for Advanced Robotics) to develop an improved interface for robotic operation and control of mobile manipulation. The resulting system improves operator effectiveness by supplementing teleoperated control with optional automation of tasks such as navigation and target acquisition.

Photo credit(s): RRG

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University of Delaware Team Wins Awards at Robot Competition

Congrats to the “Warthog” team on winning the 2009 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) Autonomous Challenge AND placing third in the Navigation Challenge!

The “Warthog” robot is an RMP 400 equipped with a laser range finder, color camera, and differential global positioning system (GPS) that won “Rookie of the Year” in 2007 when the University of Delaware’s Dynamic Vision Lab first entered it in the IGVC.

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NASA Robonaut developed using Segway RMP

NASA’s First-Gen Robonaut B‘s upper body was attached to a Segway Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP) so that it could be tested here on Earth.


Source: NASA/JSC

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Video of an RMP Omni 50 in action at SRI

Here’s a video of an RMP 50 Omni being operated by a version of the Player robot interface software that was configured to control four wheels at SRI’s Artificial Intelligence Center

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Player Project setup for a Segway RMP

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The Player Project (formerly the Player/Stage Project) creates free, open source robot control interface software that is widely used in robotics education and research.

Instructions on how to install and compile Player 2.1.x for a Segway RMP are available here, thanks to Régis Vincent at SRI International’s Artificial Intelligence Center.

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Segway RMP exhibted at IREX 2009 in Tokyo

A Segway RMP recently took the stage at IREX 2009 (International Robot Exhibition).
Onlookers listened closely as a representative from Segway Japan, Ltd. explained the balancing, mobile robot solution they developed by starting with an RMP 200.
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Photo: Segway Japan, Ltd.

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Cornell Search-and-Rescue Robots to Compete Internationally

Segway based search-and-rescue robots from Cornell are semifinalists in the first Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC), co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Australian Defense Science and Technology Organization.


(Photo: Anne Ju/Cornell Chronicle)

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Aalborg University studying robots in human environments

A team of students at Aalborg University used a Segway RMP for their Trajectory Planning and Control Project to develop an “autonomous robot, with fast dynamics, capable of traversing cluttered environments while avoiding humans and obstacles.”  The larger objective is to improve human-robot interaction.

Aalborg University Segway RMP 200

(Photo: http://kom.aau.dk/group/09gr833/#gruppen)


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New robot technology tested at Grand Forks Air Force Base

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) – The Grand Forks Air Force Base is testing a new machine that could take the place of soldiers in war. The 4-wheel robot is being tried out in Grand Forks because of an electronic security system at the base.

“Our goal is to develop these technologies and we’ll transition it to a fielded program if the security forces and EOD decides to buy a robot it will go to a contract action and those systems will be shipped overseas.”

Short video available here

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Team from TOHOKU University completes Tsukuba Challenge

Congratulations to Tadokoro Laboratory at TOHOKU University
for successfully completing the Tsukuba Challenge ’09!

Otherwise known as the “Real World Robot Challenge”, this annual event in Tsukuba Japan requires robots to autonomously navigate a 1km (0.6mi) long course that they have not previously encountered.  Along the way, the robots must avoid everyday obstacles such as pedestrians and bicycles.  See below for photos of the Tadokoro Team and their RMP 200.


Photo: Takeuchi Eijiro

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