Archive for the ‘Robotics’ Category

Team Polaris Stands Out in Army SMET Program

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Polaris, ARA and Neya Systems Collaborate with MRZR® X Submission


MINNEAPOLIS and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (September 25, 2017) — Polaris Industries Inc., Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA) and Neya Systems LLC have teamed to provide the U.S. Army with an elite platform for the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) program: the Team Polaris MRZR® X, that will evolve squad mobility with advanced unmanned systems technology from ARA and the pioneering and unsurpassed autonomous systems behavior of Neya Systems.

“The MRZR X provides a modular, multi-mission platform for the U.S. Army’s SMET program to provide squad overmatch, no matter what the mission. It is based on the very familiar Polaris MRZR platform – and creates an optionally manned platform,” said John Olson, PhD, vice president and general manager of Polaris Government and Defense. “Off-road autonomy is challenging, but no one does off-road better than Polaris. And absolutely no one does off-road robotics and autonomy better than ARA and Neya Systems.”


The modular MRZR is a prolific and preferred platform among infantry units in the U.S. and more than 25 allied countries, which helps make its integration and the transition from manned to unmanned vehicles easier for the Army and the soldier. The MRZR X maintains the same mission profile the Army is accustomed to, with additional capabilities for the soldiers that exceed SMET base requirements.

ARA is an employee-owned scientific research and engineering company that acquired Neya Systems earlier this year. Neya Systems is known for their development of unmanned systems for defense, homeland security, and commercial users. Neya Systems staff, under the continued leadership of Parag Batavia, PhD, have been recognized worldwide for their contributions in advanced unmanned systems technology, including Batavia’s development of open architecture used universally by the Department of Defense.

“With the combined skills and expertise of Neya Systems and ARA, we’re able to bring world-class robotic solutions to Team Polaris to provide the U.S. soldier with advanced capabilities, a lightened physical load, and increased situational awareness to equip them for the multi-domain battlefield,” says ARA’s President and CEO, Rob Sues, PhD.

Australia’s Diggerworks Studies Exoskeletons

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Diggerworks is undertaking a feasibility study to determine the potential utility of a passive exoskeleton for ADF dismounted close combatants. The intended purpose of the systems is to transfer the weight burden of the soldiers’ carried equipment directly to the ground, helping the dismounted soldier arrive at their destination less fatigued and ready for battle.

As part of the exoskeleton trial, participants were fitted with a surrogate suit made of 3D printed plastic. The surrogate suit was fitted to ensure measurements were correct prior to manufacturing titanium suits.


This looks to be the Mawashi UPRISE Tactical Exoskeleton we recently covered.

© Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence, Photo: CAPT Brendan Gilbert

Endeavor Robotics Will Be At Booth 2021 At SOFIC

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Endeavor Robotics

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Endeavor Robotics is a Massachusetts-based robotics company which is a designer and supplier of robots for Defense, Law Enforcement, and industrial industries worldwide. They will be at SOFIC 2017, Booth 2021, displaying the Kobra system with integrated Remote Operated Weapons Mount System from Precision Remote, along with their uPoint Multi-Robot Control System.

AFCEA TechNet 2015 – Cyphy Works – PARC

Saturday, September 5th, 2015


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This is a cool man portable drone that is tether-powered up to 500′ for persistent ISR surveillance. No need for helium or aerostat techs. While it is not silent, it does not present that “barrage balloon” visual signature that provides instant recognition and navigation landmarks for smelly bearded men for miles around.

The interface and controls are automated. Joe doesn’t need to be a professional or trained drone pilot. Punch in the altitude desired on the laptop software control console and up it goes. Stable to about 35 kts. The whole system can be packed into airline checkable cases.

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Black Diamond Advanced Technology Receives Contract To Develop Ground Robotic Operator Control Unit

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015


Chandler, AZ – Black Diamond Advanced Technology has been selected by Carnegie Robotics, LLC to develop an Operator Control Unit (OCU) for ground robotic command and control applications.

Leveraging existing technology from its ultra-rugged, combat-proven Modular Tactical System product family, Black Diamond Advanced Technology will design, develop and prototype a chest-mounted / handheld controller according to Carnegie Robotics specifications for next-generation autonomous mine detection and similar unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) applications.

“The OCU will allow Carnegie Robotics end-customers’ the ability to safely and accurately manage their UGVs with an intuitive human-machine interface (HMI) device that takes advantage of BDATech’s legacy of cutting-edge human factors experience as a leading defense electronics OEM”, says Norman Lange, director of product development at Black Diamond Advanced Technology. Engineering design services and material deliveries will be performed from now into calendar year 2016.

Congrats guys!

SOFIC 2015 – VBSS Robot from Helical Robotics / MATBOCK / Kopis Mobile

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Just when you think you can pin MATBOCK down they do something like this.  As former SEALs, the maritime environment is their domain and the necessity of a way to scale the sides of ships was the inspiration for this new VBSS robot.  
MATBOCK teamed with Helical Robotics who holds four patents on robots that can scale vertical obstacles. Then, they worked with hometown team Kopis Mobile to integrate streaming video. the result is a robot that will go right up the side of a ship’s hull to emplace hooks and ladders as well as conduct reconnaissance.



Monday, May 11th, 2015

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After years and years of failed VBSS poles and time consuming two-stage climbs, MATBOCK decided to once again take the “out of the box” approach to an industry problem. At SOFIC they will be on display at the docks of the main entrance of the Tampa Convention Center with their VBSS Robot. To setup appointments for SOFIC email MATBOCK at

– Omni-Directional
– 20 lbs lift capacity
– Wireless range: 2500 ft (762m) line of sight
– Current Battery life (Continuous use): 4+ hours
– Stable in 50+ mph winds
– Able to climb on wet surfaces
– Full Motion video securely transmitted to operator’s tablet

Robots To Drive Polaris RANGER At DARPA Robotics Challenge

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015


Polaris Industries has announced that their DARPA Polaris RANGER XP 900 EPS and GEM electric vehicles will be featured at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.

Polaris DRC RANGER 01

The DARPA Robotics Challenge was created to spur development of robotic tech that can help humans better respond to dangerous conditions and disasters. The Challenge Finals will have robots performing multiple tasks in a continuous course, which will be a simulation of obstacles and challenges that might be encountered in a real disaster situaion. During the Finals, the driving task will require participating robots to drive the RANGER XP 900 EPS on a roadway and weave around obstacles. It will also have to egress the vehicle and attempt to intervene in a mockup disaster site which is too dangerous for humans to perform tasks.

Polaris DRC RANGER 03

“We are excited to continue our relationship with DARPA after the successful DRC Trials in 2013,” said Rich Haddad, general manager of Polaris Defense. “Off-road vehicles are some of the most useful vehicles in disaster relief, and our specialized RANGER vehicles were built to accommodate the robots and provide mobility for the driving task. In the future, the versatility of the RANGER platform would allow a robot to transport tools, equipment, supplies and power around a disaster site, while traversing the difficult terrain often found in disaster situations.”

Polaris DRC RANGER 04

The DARPA RANGER XP 900 EPS was specially customized for the event, featuring a remote SafeStop electronic throttle kill, brake actuation tehcnology, and a 1000lb capacity bed for the robot’s power supply. The cab features a bench seat, and tilt steering for ample room for robots to operate the vehicle. The vehicles also have TERRAINARMOR airless tires for maneuvering in diverse terrains without the risk of a flat tire.

In addition to the RANGER XP 900 EPS, Polaris GEM vehicles will also be in use at the Finals. They will be used to transport the robots after completion of their tasks, as well as working as VIP shuttles, and transporting goods and people throughout the campus.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals will be held on June 5-6, at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.