On land, Robots Everywhere develops and sells robots for a variety of tasks. Our flexible systems have been used for security and surveillance, for research, education, and even fighting.
Using the Robots Anywhere system in conjunction with drone chassis built by Inertia Labs, Robots Everywhere has developed a security system that removes the need for stationary cameras, replacing them with mobile robots that can patrol locations, take pictures, and stream video to a central security console anywhere with an internet connection. These security robots are expected to see their first field deployment in the summer of 2010, at a solar power facility owned by Montana Ambiente.
Screenshot of the current Robots Anywhere console, now with support for multiple simultaneous image streams.
A video of an Inertia Labs Renegade drone patrolling an apartment building floor using Robots Anywhere.
Using the Robots Everywhere Antbot, an experiment in applying genetic programming to modern low-cost educational robots was conducted at the University of Ottawa. Used as the Master’s thesis for our own Riley August, the project consisted of developing a new scripting language for the Antbot, optimized for speed and the ease of use by genetic operators. This language explicitly defines a state-based flowchart, with functions acting as states, and every line examined as a possible event. This language was then used in a simulator to run a large number of Antbots, using genetic programming to evolve a controller capable of navigating an interior environment with as few collisions as possible, while making as much forward progress as it can. Within five hundred generations, starting from a completely random seed, the best individuals were able to navigate corridors and rooms nearly as well as a human-designed controller. The video below was demonstrated as part of the thesis defence, showing the best individual in action.