Pittsburgh's RE2 designs a dexterous manipulation system to maintain performance aircraftTake a Pennsylvania firm's core technology and an unaddressed need by the military and you have the formula for the latest research funding awarded to Pittsburgh's RE2. "We are known as experts in mobile manipulation, essentially robotic arms on things that move," says CEO Jorgen Pedersen. "And this is another application for our core technology, a custom design that solves this particular problem." Read the entire article: Keystone Edge Innovation News
By Robert Karlsen and Bob Van Enkenvoort, TARDEC, June 4, 2013
RE2 contributes innovation to enhance Army unmanned ground vehicle technology: "Re2 is developing an enhanced intuitive control. A lot of the manipulators don't have real fine movement, and they don't have haptic feedback, which is a type of feedback that goes back to the users so they have an idea of what is going on." ~ Jeremy Gray, TARDEC Ground Vehicle Robotics research electrical engineer. Read more here.
RE2 is sponsoring the first Assistive Robotics Symposium on February 19th at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute. Topics to be covered include Assistive Robotics for Healthcare, Manufacturing, Military, and Social & Service applications. RE2 President & CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, will be presenting at the symposium. Click here to learn more.
RE2, Inc. announced today that the Company has donated a Robotic Nursing Assistant (RNA) assistive healthcare robot to The University of Texas at Arlington’s Research Institute. The donation, valued at $850,000, was announced today at the official launch of the UT Arlington Research Institute’s Assistive Robotics Lab. RE2 President and CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, was in attendance to officially gift the RNA robot to the university. Check out the press release for more details.
RE2, Inc. Selected to Participate in DARPA Robotics Challenge - RE2 to focus on advancing the state of the art of autonomy and perception software – RE2, Inc., in partnership with Soar Technology, Inc. and the University of Texas at Arlington, has been selected as a performer on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) latest cutting edge robotics program entitled the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). The goal of the DRC program is to develop and demonstrate innovative robotics technologies for disaster response operations such as in natural disasters or industrial accidents. The technology is intended to allow a robot to perform complex tasks in dangerous or degraded environments considered too dangerous for humans. RE2 was selected as one of 11 teams that are being funded by DARPA to develop software that will run in a government-provided simulation environment. > Read the press release
The Pittsburgh Technology Council announced the 2012 Tech 50 Finalists today and we're proud to post that RE2 was nominated in the Innovator of the Year category! Winners will be announced on November 1st at the live awards gala.
RE2's The Semi Autonomous Pipe Bomb End-cap Remover (SAPBER), which helps bomb techs to dismantle bombs remotely, was featured in several online publications this week. Check out the article, "Taking the Edge Off a Pipe Bomb...Literally" in Science Daily and "A New Robot Dismantles Pipe Bomb While Leaving Forensic Evidence in Tact" in Popular Science. The official DHS press release can be found here -- Taking the edge off a pipe bomb…literally -- Mobile mechanism from Homeland Security dismantles a pipe bomb while preserving the evidence. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) new low-cost device for dismantling dangerous pipe bombs may look like a tinkerer’s project, but that’s no accident. The Semi Autonomous Pipe Bomb End-cap Remover (SAPBER) is unassuming in appearance, but sophisticated enough to preserve the forensic evidence needed to track down the perpetrator.
The prototype and its remote-control software were developed by RE2 Inc., of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As an operator controls the device from a distance, SAPBER takes the pipe bomb from a bomb-disposal robot, disassembles it, empties the pipe, makes a video, and carefully preserves all of the evidence.
RE2's manipulator arm technology is featured in this video taken during recent robotics testing at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind., Aug. 6-7. The ultimate goal of the testing is to employ "more robotics and less personnel" for Hazmat operations requiring sample collection in hot zones. Soldiers assigned to the 20th Support Command (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives or CBRNE) tested an advanced ground sample collection platform which included the RE2 BS5 Manipulator Arm which hasa reach of more than 9 feet, lift over 100 pounds, and is easily modified to interface with sampling equipment.
RE2 will be exhibiting at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America 2012 event in Las Vegas next week. Planning to attend? Visit the RE2 team and check out our latest robotic manipulator technologies in booth #3412. Click here to learn more about the event.
RE2, Inc. Wins JIEDDO Endurance Challenge RE2, Inc. announced today that the Company’s ForeRunner Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) won the Endurance Challenge, Dismounted Support Category at the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) 2012 Counter-IED Robotics Challenge, held at Fort Benning, Georgia on June 28th.
JIEDDO held its first challenge-based acquisitions event during the U.S. Army Robotics Rodeo June 20-29. The goal of the event was to find new ways to improve speed and freedom of maneuverability in the counter-IED environment using robotics. RE2 participated in the Endurance Challenge, which measured the speed and endurance of robots over a road meant to resemble the terrain of Afghanistan and Iraq. RE2’s ForeRunner UGV recorded the fastest time to complete the dismount support, 8.6km, Counter-IED Endurance Robotics Challenge.
Check out the details in the press release.
RE2, Inc. Strengthens Leadership Team with New Additions and Promotion – RE2, Inc. announced today that it has strengthened its leadership team with the addition of Charles Brunot, Controller, Mike Cozza, VP of Engineering and the promotion of Keith Gunnett to Chief Technology Officer. Read the press release for more details.
Check out the TechVibe Radio interview with RE2 president & CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, as he shares the Company's history, accomplishments, and vision of the future with Jonathan Kersting and Audrey Russo of the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
Lieutenant General Rick Lynch Joins RE2, Inc. Advisory Board-- Lynch Also to Serve As Strategic Consultant to RE2 --
RE2, Inc. announced today that Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch (U.S. Army, Retired) has joined the Company as a consultant and member of the RE2 Advisory Board to provide guidance regarding robotic defense technologies, market strategy, leadership, and organizational development.
“RE2 is touching lives and making a difference with the unmanned systems technologies that they’ve created for our armed forces,” stated Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, U.S. Army, Retired. “The talented team at RE2 is only limited by their imagination. I believe that I can contribute to the company’s product strategy and help the Company reach its goals for 2012 and beyond.”
“We are extremely fortunate and honored to have Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch work directly with our leadership team as a consultant and serve as a member of the RE2 Advisory Board,” stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2. “Rick’s incredible leadership skills, strategic thinking expertise, and knowledge of the Defense market make him an extremely valuable addition to our team.”
For more details read the Press Release.
RE2 will be exhibiting and demonstrating its modular manipulation systems and unmanned systems technologies at the 2012 Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Expo in San Diego. Stop by booth #132 and let us know how we can help you to make your robotic platforms more capable through the integration of ouradvanced manipulation technologies.
03/21/2012 — 03/23/2012 2012 Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina San Diego, CA Booth #132
RE2 launches its new company website and features its employees and robotic technologies to enable visitors to learn more about the Company's culture and core technologies.