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‘Amos’ the robot goes far

RIT’s Multidisciplinary Robotics Club earned an innovation award at this spring’s Mini Grand Challenge 2007, hosted by Penn State Abington. The club’s fully autonomous robot, nicknamed Amos, had the second-farthest distance traveled of any robot in the competition. The dual-motor-powered robot uses sensors, global-positioning and LiDAR—Light Detection and Ranging—laser technology (the same type used by teams competing in the $2 million grand-prize Darpa Grand Challenge) to detect obstacles in its path.

Next, the team is gearing up for the 15th annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, June 8-11, at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. For more on RIT’s Multidisciplinary Robotics Club, visit www.mdrc.rit.edu.

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