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12 of the Most Innovative and Groundbreaking Mobile Robots

Today, mobile robotics are being developed for and used across almost every industry in order to solve for a number of complex issues. At Stanley Innovation we specialize in mobile robotics using the Segway platform and open source technology. As passionate innovators and creators, we keep a close eye on cutting edge developments and new technology being created in the field, to feed our curiosity and to offer the best solutions to our customer, whether they are in business or research.

Here is our list of 12 of the coolest and most innovative mobile robots out there today.

For Production

1. Baxter and Sawyer

Their names are Baxter and Sawyer – fittingly human names for robots that work alongside humans, performing human tasks and trying to blend into the daily routine on the warehouse or production floor. One thing gives them away though — well, one thing besides their robotic movements, flat faces and lack of nose, mouth and ears — it’s their precision and efficiency. Designed to execute machine tending, circuit board testing, line loading, packaging, material handling and more, these two mobile robots from Rethink Robotics can operate safely next to human co-workers in semi structured environments, helping to free up skilled human labor.

2. UR10 robot

The UR10 robot from Universal Robots has the potential to optimize production and improve performance across a number of industries including automotive and subcontractors, food and agriculture, furniture and equipment, metal and machining, plastics and polymers, pharma and chemistry and scientific and research fields. Using automotive and aerospace applications, UR10 was created to perform a multitude of industrial tasks such as packaging, palletizing, assembly and pick and place. Some of the attributes that make the UR10 so popular are its easy programming capabilities, fast set-up-time of a day and a half, flexible deployment, and reputation as a collaborative and safe mobile robot. Plus, it has the fastest payback in the robot industry.

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For Learning

3. Ozobot

A mobile robot for all ages, the Ozobot introduces concepts of coding, robotics and deductive reasoning. Reacting to colors and lines drawn on iPads, paper or custom surfaces, the Ozobot can play strategic, creative and competitive games with its user —and starts at only $50!

For Taking Flight

4. Inspire 1

With a 4K camera, strong carbon fiber arms and optional dual operator controls, the Inspire 1 is a drone and all-in-one flying platform that can take 360-degree aerial photos. Created by DJI, this 21st-century drone, just recently released in 2015, starts at $2,899.

5. PARC

A self-flying, endurance packed, long-distance aerial reconnaissance and communications system, PARC (persistent aerial reconnaissance and communications) can operate at altitudes of up to 500 feet above ground level or 10,000 feet density altitude and is equipped with a high-definition video allowing for long-term persistent stare capabilities.

6.The Pocketflyer

Built by CyPhy, the same creators of PARC, the PocketFlyer is named aptly, as it is so small it can fit inside a cargo pocket. PocketFlyer is a portable flying robot with unlimited flight duration and reliable command and control for non-line-of-sight flying. It comes pre-assembled, so all users have to do is plug and play.

For Business

7. Double

This remote-controlled telepresence mobile robot lets users interact despite their location. Double gives its users a physical presence in a given location, truly acting as a double and even allows the user to self adjust its height so that Double can be used while sitting or standing. As a self-balancing mobile robot with a wide angle lens that is compatible with most tablets, Double has been dubbed the “ultimate tool for telecommuting” and is providing an effective tool for a growing remote workforce.

For Health

8. JACO2

JACO2

JACO2 is a robotic arm created by Kinova robotics for rehabilitation purposes or for use in a research laboratory. When used for rehabilitation purposes, JACO2 can help wheelchair-bound individuals with advanced muscular disabilities perform daily tasks they would otherwise be unable to accomplish. Made from a carbon fibre structure, with three flexible fingers, the JACO2 is lightweight, weatherproof and can integrate with almost all wheelchair models.

9. RP VITA

A remote presence solution for patient care from iRobot, RP VITA combines autonomous navigation and mobility with telemedicine technology. RP Vita acts as a conduit for communication by allowing multiple medical specialists and caregivers to collaborate in real time at the patient’s bed side. These remote consultations allow for a level of holistic care that is difficult to find in most medical facilities. Already being utilized in a number of hospitals, RP VITA can be controlled remotely with a tablet and uses sensors to navigate to patients. By increasing efficiency and cutting down on errors (which, according to the iRobot website, are cause for 100,000 deaths in the U.S. every year) RP VITA might just be the next best thing in healthcare communication.

10. Ekso GTTM

Providing an alternative to wheelchairs, the Ekso GT™ enables individuals with lower extremity weakness to walk again. This bionic wearable suit is outfitted with sensors that activate according to the wearers gait and movement. When the sensors are activated, Ekso initiates steps, creating a natural, full-weight, reciprocal gait.

For Defense

11. Recon Scout XL

A robot made to save lives through advanced reconnaissance in high risk situations, the Recon Scout XL weighs a mere 1.4 pounds, is highly durable, is equipped with infrared optics and water resistance and can traverse rugged landscapes with rocks, sand, grass and other debris. Providing immediate video and audio to its operators, the Recon Scout can be an invaluable tool in volatile situations. The quality of these bots is evident in their customer base, which includes the U.S. Army.

12. K-MAX

K-MAX by Lockheed Martin Corporation and Kaman Aerospace Corporation is an unmanned aircraft that is being used by the U.S. military to deliver supplies and cargo to precise locations while eliminating the risk to human lives. The unmanned aircraft can fly day or night, has autonomous or remote control capabilities, and can “fly at higher altitudes with a larger payload than any other rotary wing unmanned aircraft system”, according to the Lockheed Martin website.

At Stanley Innovation, we find this list of technological advancements fascinating and exciting. With a passion for mobile robotics, we believe the capabilities for mobile robotic technology are endless. If you have a project or idea that requires a robotic component, contact us today. We would love to learn more about your project and discuss the solutions available from Stanley.

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