Innovation Series: How Will Drones and Other Flying Robots Shape Your Everyday Life?
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Will unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, drones) really have civilian applications? If so, what might they be? How will advances in unmanned robotics give rise to other innovative applications — and how will those impact our civilian landscape? Are we ready for robots’ pervasive presence around us in these new ways? What about regulatory and privacy concerns? Join us for this special edition of the Innovation Series to see drones in action and to hear what businesses and technological leaders are doing with and thinking about them. Our evening will feature a mini-keynote address by Helen Greiner, CEO of CyPhy Works and co-founder of iRobot, as well as live and video demonstrations of a number of flying objects. Audience members will get to interact with speakers and presenters to explore the present and very near future of drones and other related devices.
About the Speaker:
Helen Greiner is the CEO of CyPhy Works, Inc. and co-founder, former President, and Chairman of iRobot. While at iRobot, she ran iRobot’s financing projects which included raising $35M venture capital and a $75M initial public offering. In 2003, Greiner and iRobot co-founder Colin Angle were named Ernst and Young New England Entrepreneurs of the Year. She has also been honored as a Technology Review Magazine "Innovator for the Next Century”. In 2006, she received the Pioneer Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). She received the 2008 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Innovation for her work at iRobot. She was named by the Kennedy School at Harvard in conjunction with the U.S. News & World Report as one of "America’s Best Leaders.” Michael Belfiore is an author, journalist, and speaker on the innovations shaping our world. He has written about game-changing technologies for the New York Times, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Smithsonian, Air & Space, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and other outlets. He is an International Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award finalist and a recipient of the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Award for outstanding journalism. Mr. Belfiore is the author of The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs Terry Holland is an entrepreneur who is exploring and developing civilian uses for drones. He was recently featured in an interview on WBUR ("With Drones Rising, ‘Rules of the Sky’ Needed”). In his spare time, he’s a serious sledder, a multiple-time U.S. and North American champion and captain of the U.S. skeleton team for 21 years. He has recently returned from coaching New Zealand’s 2014 Olympic skeleton team. RoboBees are insect-sized vehicles that can flap their wings to take off and fly. These vehicles are so small that many conventional technologies, from electric motors to fixed wings to GPS sensing, do not operate effectively. RoboBees are being envisioned for use in diverse applications including autonomously pollinating a field of crops, search and rescue, hazardous environment exploration, military surveillance, high resolution weather and climate mapping, and traffic monitoring. Sawyer Fuller, a postdoctoral scholar working with Prof. Robert Wood on RoboBees at Harvard will present their innovation and talk about exciting opportunities ahead. Pleiades, a Canadian start-up, makes Kickstarter-funded Spiri, an autonomous, fully programmable, airborne device. Built for programmability and designed to run apps, Spiri is thoroughly adaptable. Spiri is whatever you make it. Thrilling, dynamic, evolving, engaging, rugged and safe—anyone can use Spiri. Lack of remote control flight experience is no barrier to our end users. Flying on its own and well equipped with sensors, Spiri interacts with and brings us closer to the world that surrounds us. Spiri looks elegant but its frame is durable. Drop it, crash it, take risks – Spiri is built for use. Patrick Edwards-Daugherty, CEO of Pleiades will be presenting their product and the opportunities Spiri creates Bounce Imaging, Boston-based start-up, creates durable low-cost cameras and sensors that first responders can toss into dangerous areas to inspect hazardous situations. The devices transmit photos and data to mobile units, such as cell phones and tablets, helping to find survivors of disasters and determine whether areas are safe for entry. Francisco Aguilar, co-founder and CEO of Bounce Imaging, will be showcasing their product and discuss the current and future opportunities their product address
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