Squishy Robotics in the News
“Our company was started to provide first responders with the situational awareness to keep themselves and the public they serve safe,” said Squishy Robotics COO Deniz Dogruer, “so it was gratifying to learn that the HazMat team members at our long-time partner Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue (SMFR) were using our 4-GasPLUS sensor robots to perform air monitoring during the department’s recent activities related to a train derailment in their county.”
Lead Mechatronics Engineer Douglas Hutchings took a trip to Southern California earlier this month to meet with several fire departments and to demonstrate Squishy Robotics 4-GasPLUS tensegrity robots. One of the highlights of his trip was meeting with members of the Corona Fire Department.
Squishy Robotics has started work on a contract with the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research (ONR). ONR fosters partnerships with academia, industry, and government to coordinate and sponsor scientific research and technology development for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Dr. Alice Agogino, Squishy Robotics CEO and a UC Berkeley professor, and Dr. Becca Fenwick of UC Santa Cruz were joint recipients of one of the 2022 CITRIS Seed Awards. Their proposal, “Human-Drone-Robot Teaming for Wildfire Detection: Technology and Workforce Development,” focuses on better detection and prediction of wildfire events while also empowering fire professionals to leverage emerging technologies.
San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) is the newest municipal fire department to sign a pilot partnership agreement with Squishy Robotics. This department, which serves the third largest city in California, protects approximately 1.2 million residents within the San Jose city limits as well as in additional unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.
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