Stratosmith Technologies to attend 2014 AUVSI Unmanned Systems Expo

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Stratosmith Technologies will be attending the 2014 AUVSI Unmanned Systems Event in Orlando, Florida, from May 11-15. This exciting industry event encompasses businesses, research, and technology across all aspects of unmanned systems, including robotics, aerospace vehicles, and underwater systems. Of note is the 2014 Unmanned Systems Demonstration to be held at the NASA Kennedy Space Center on May 11. Dozens of unmanned air and ground vehicles and systems will be demonstrated at this first of its kind event!

Find out more about the show at and feel free to contact us to schedule a meeting at the show to add Stratosmith’s mechanical engineering expertise to your unmanned systems project.

Stratosmith Technologies to attend DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013

Robot wavingWe will be attending the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge in Homestead, FL on December 20, 2013. Robots (and their humans) from around the world will be competing for a $2 Million prize. The Challenge: demonstrate the dexterity, ruggedness, mobility, and intelligence of partially autonomous robots in disaster recovery and situations too hazardous for humans to successfully operate.

Find out more about the challenge here:

Admission is free and open to the public. Come out for a day and see some of the world’s most innovative robots compete in person. We hope to see you there!

Stratosmith Technologies to attend Unmanned Systems event in Jacksonville, FL

Robot_HandshakeWe will be attending the AUVSI Unmanned Systems event in Jacksonville, Florida on December 17, 2013. Presentations and panelists will be discussing the role of robots and other unmanned systems in disaster response, public service, agricultural, marine, and commercial applications.

Learn more about the Unmanned Systems event here:


Robotics Spotlight: Making Robots Walk

There is an incredible amount of research and development in the world of robotics towards engineering walking robots. Robots with legs are a creative technical solution to the problems faced by most robots using wheels or treads: limited or no mobility over rough obstacles and uneven terrain. As robotic technology advances and new applications are developed, the need for rugged systems able to traverse complex terrain increases. Composite materials are used to make lightweight, robust, and strong robotic structures and components, enabling varying properties to be engineered into different locations of individual parts, a characteristic of many biomechanical structures. Bipedal or quadrupedal locomotion is effective in dealing with obstacles and variable terrain, and the biomechanical structures and processes present in humans and animals are providing valuable clues towards engineering walking robots.

Check out Oregon State University’s walking robot research here:

Rapid Prototyping Spotlight: Robotic Bat Wing

The researchers at Brown University have built and tested a robotic bat wing fabricated with rapid prototyping technology. This bat wing is being used to learn more about the structures, aerodynamics, and kinematics of bats in flight. The robotic bat wing is instrumented to determine the forces on the various joints in the wing and measure changes in energy expenditure for different flapping speeds and flight speeds – information that cannot be obtained from a living animal.

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