Blacki Robotics was founded in 2008 by Brian Hart, who lost his son John, an Army infantry man, in Iraq. John’s vehicle, basically no different from a vehicle on our streets, struck an IED and was ambushed. The tragedy motivated Brian to work with an inventor, Arthur Berube, to design systems to better protect the troops. Their collaboration resulted in an autonomous guided vehicle (the Landshark) a flexible Arm, which can be used in a wide variety of applications, and a Bomb Kit for disarming IEDs and similar explosives.
The company remains privately held, with a small, loyal group of investors who have supported the company’s mission from the beginning.
The U. S. Army was Blacki’s first contract, for a system to support troops in the field. In the intervening years, we have made dramatic improvements to all our products, incorporating more sophisticated software and off-the-shelf, economical sensors that have broadened the applications the Landshark and Arm can handle.
Our innovative mobile arm, for example, can now move loads of up to 45 kg (similar arms top out at 5 kg) and can be used for a wide variety of applications ranging from moving pallets in a warehouse to helping secure nuclear energy plants. The arm can be attached to Blackl’s chassis as well as a range of other autonomous guided vehicles, forklifts and similar vehicles as well as stationary posts.
This “next wave” of robotic capabilities we call “Adaptive Robotics” because Blacki can deliver a range of powerful applications adapted to our clients’ specific needs. These include:
- assisting the Army Corps of Engineers to implement 3D construction, which is revolutionizing the productivity of the construction industry while improving the environment.
- securing critical infrastructure such as atomic energy plants and gas and oil fields;
- strengthening supply chains, particularly within distribution centers;
- supporting troops in the field;
- accelerating the food chain from field to table.
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