These impressive robots got their start thanks to the University of Minnesota Distributed Robotics Laboratory. With funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation, and other organizations, this University program set out to design, develop and test a variety of different robots and technologies. In 2006, Recon Robotics was formed to commercialize the University’s successes.
Since then, the company has marketed and sold its products in more than 35 different countries, and its robots have been used by the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the US Marshals, DEA, Border Patrol, FBI, and numerous other Federal Agencies. In addition, about 175 municipal law enforcement agencies throughout the world call upon the robots for their SWAT and tactical units to use during high-risk operations.
ReconRobotics will be present at the Innovation Hall of the Governor’s Job Summit at the St. Paul Crowne Plaza on October 25. With experience as a world-wide distributor of products born in a U of M lab, Recon Robotics is a thriving example of public-private partnership success. This is the sort of essential cooperation that will get Minnesota working again.