RoadNarrows puts growth into gear
The company focuses on making robots used in research and educational platforms, but is broadening its scope with two new practical robots it plans to complete this year.
“Very few of what we have goes out in what we call ‘the real world,’” RoadNarrows Chief Technology Officer Robin Knight said. “However, we’re changing that.”
One of its new offerings will be a small but heavy-duty vehicle; the other, a robotic arm.
The 1-meter-by-1 ½-meter vehicle can haul as much as 300 pounds and can be programmed to operate alone, though also by a person using an Xbox controller. RoadNarrows is designing it to make trips in rugged terrain, say for use by oil and gas companies to monitor wells on Alaska’s remote North Slope.
The steel robotic vehicle is equipped with infrared cameras that can help detect gas leaks from wells. It would then upload video from either the well site or from a centralized hub so that operators could view them from another location.
With its knobby tires and the likeness of a small
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