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Robots From RedZone
The robotics cluster in the Pittsburgh region "is among the best in the world," Lunak said. "Advancements in commercial, domestic, and military applications are being pioneered within the labs at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute, regional firms, and within IW's own portfolio."
Robotics products in the Pittsburgh region are being used to:
*Automate time-consuming tasks in hospitals, freeing clinicians and staff for direct patient care activities (Aethon, McKesson Automation)
*Perform hazardous and unpleasant tasks like the inspection of sewers and the repair of underground pipelines (RedZone Robotics)
*Protect soldiers and first responders with intelligent mobile manipulators (RE2)
*Improve the efficiency and bottom line of warehouse operations with mobile trucks (Seegrid)
*Take the human error out of life-threatening procedures through the assistance of orthopedic surgeons in surgery (BlueBelt Technologies)
*Entertain and engage young minds (Bossa Nova) and delight young parents (4moms)
Made possible through a Discovered in PA, Developed in PA grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the TCI awards up to $100,000 for commercialization efforts in the advanced electronics and robotics technologies space, Lunak said.
The TCI will help to drive rapid and continuing progress in technology development and commercialization so SWPA can continue to create and build more Aethons and RedZones and add to an already robust robotics cluster, he said.
Startups, established companies, and university researchers/groups are all encouraged to apply for the commercialization awards. Draft proposal submissions are due August 3, 2012 with final proposal submissions due September 7, 2012.
More information about TCI and the full request for proposal is available on IW's homepage at www.innovationworks.org.