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New Version Release for Robot Hardware and Software

Squishy Robotics celebrated a new milestone as it delivered the first in a new generation of HazMat robots to our first responder customers earlier this month.

“These new robots represent a significant improvement from previous models, and I can now confidently say that we have fully reached initial operating capability (IOC),” said Lead Mechatronics Engineer Douglas Hutchings. “After so much time spent building so many test and pre-release models, it was exciting to release Version 1.0 of our Stationary Robot.”

Version 1.0 includes both hardware and software upgrades as well as new features. The leading advancement in this release centers around much improved chemical sensors that meet the needs of fire departments and HazMat teams. “These robots can now be calibrated and tested in the field—a feature that gives users confidence in the detection capabilities of our chemical sensors,” Hutchings said. The payload casing has been further lightened, improving its already robust reliability during airdrop deployments even more. Incorporating the feedback from our pilot testing partners, several of the payload’s human-machine interface (HMI) items, such as the ON/OFF button, have been upgraded for easier use. New colors of robots, including red and blue, are now available.

Some new software features, including robot naming, remote updating, and chemical sensor calibration, are part of Version 1.0. “Our code base keeps growing,” said Hutchings. “Several additional user interface (UI) screens help make new features easy to comprehend and simple to activate.”

Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue (SMFR) is the first of our pilot partnership collaborators to receive these new robots. Other pilot partnership teams will receive their new robots/software during the rollout, which will take place over the next six to eight weeks. Squishy Robotics engineers will work with all partners for training and testing as they receive the new hardware and software.

Agogino Honored for Achievements in Robotics

Squishy Robotics CEO Dr. Alice Agogino was among the five “inspiring women in robotics” that were celebrated on International Women's Day by THERE Tech Lab. In a March 8th social media posting, the lab highlighted Agogino’s history of bringing women and people of color into engineering during her university career. Describing how her research has led to robots designed for rescue as well as space exploration, THERE Tech Lab named Agogino a “true hero for robotics.” The educational technology lab in the Netherlands focuses on education related to four main themes: robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, and augmented reality/virtual reality.  

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