“The Minotaur project is advancing how robots and humans work together,” according to David Rowe, CEO of 5D Robotics in Carlsbad, Calif. “As U.S. Defense and commercial budgets shrink, robots will be called upon to take on more complex tasks and work in close cooperation with humans.”
5D Robotics and Charles River Analytics in Cambridge, Mass., won a $100,000 Small Business Innovations Research (SBIR) grant to pursue a “Multinodal Interface for Natural Operator and Teaming with Autonomous Robots (Minotaur).”
The Minotaur project “is immediately appropriate for our warfighters and future-ready for the commercial sector. The team at Charles River Analytics has created software that integrates perfectly with our own, and we believe we’ll have a robust, amazingly responsive robotic software within six months,” Rowe explains.
When the team completes this autonomous robotic system, it not only will benefit the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community, but also could find a home in other market verticals, for such as applications as search and rescue, public safety, and law enforcement.
“We are extremely optimistic about the Minotaur project at 5D Robotics. Our team anticipates this R&D project to further our progress in developing robots that can safely and effectively work side-by-side with humans in the most dangerous of situations, and also improve productivity in other industries in the future,” Rowe says.
This mil/aero geek loves watching robots in action. The team is so confident in their technology that they have a video of children playing with a four-wheeled robot on “Follow Me” mode.