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Saturday, November 03, 2012

New robotic ball for risky operations

Credit: Bounce Imaging
Soldiers, fire fighters, and search and rescue workers put their lives on the line every day so that we don’t have to. Life-saving imaging technology exists that could make their jobs safer, yet current applications are too expensive, classified, and impractical for wide-scale use.
Boston-based start-up Bounce Imaging is developing ultra-low-cost, easy-to-use imaging systems to meet the needs of soldiers and first responders, allowing them to explore potentially hazardous spaces without exposing them to harm.
The ball robot with its six cameras snaps pictures while its sensors detect air quality, temperature, radiation and other hazards. It then beams the data to mobile devices.

Bounce Imaging was selected as a Gold Winner at MassChallenge 2012 ($50K prize), the largest startup accelerator in the world. The company was also named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012!

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