Still see robots as a thing of the future? Think again. On Sept. 16-17 they’ll join us humans at the annual Robotics Alley Conference and Expo, where industry insiders share their insights into robot-related design, research, investment, business development, and even law and policy. Held in Minneapolis, the two-day conference features notable speakers, career development workshops, and breakout sessions in such tracks as health care, transportation, and manufacturing. Those keen on agricultural robotics in particular will not be disappointed: Among the speakers areFarm Intelligence2 CEO Jerry Johnson and Rowbot Systems CEO Kent Cavender-Bares. A tour of local robotics companies is also on offer. Robotics Alley, dedicated to growing opportunities for the robotics and automation industries in the Midwest, was founded by the Minnesota High Tech Association and Edina-based ReconRobotics, a maker of tactical micro-robots for the military and law enforcement. Learn more and register for Robotics Alley here.
About 12 years ago, Bob Gross of Brainerd, Minnesota, entered a robotics competition with his 11-year-old daughter. Much to their frustration, they kept having problems with their robot’s sensor — the closest thing it had to eyes.