Squishy Robotics Lead Mechatronics Engineer Douglas Hutchings was invited to give a presentation about Squishy Robotics’ commercial products and ongoing work adapting our sensor robots for military needs at the xTech 3 Summit, a large defense-focused event that was held September 9 to 11, 2020. The xTechSearch program is a new approach and process aimed at transforming the way the U.S. Army interacts with non-defense companies and start-ups to better leverage the innovations made by these companies toward military use. The showcase event included speakers from the Army, Department of Defense (DoD), universities, and industry. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 conference was a virtual event.
Squishy Robotics is an xTechSearch alumnus, having been chosen as one of 2019’s semi-finalists with the company’s concept of using our rapidly deployable robots for unmanned observation posts during urban military operations
Hutchings gave an overview of how our rapidly deployable mobile sensor robots operate and updated the attendees on the company’s Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center as well as our research and development work building larger robots as part of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant awarded by the U.S. Army in 2019.