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."
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.
08.19.2011Thank You For Your Attendance at AUVSI
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08.19.2011See 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/
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/.
05.18.2011RMP 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.
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.
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These images were taken during the 2010 Robotics Rodeo at Ft. Benning.
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.