New ROCKY DR10 Tablet- Faster.Brighter.Tougher.

dr10_HDR2-ACOMING SOON! The new ROCKY DR10 8.4-inch fully rugged tablet will be faster, brighter, and tougher. AMREL added a faster processor, brighten the display, improved the memory, and upped the battery power.  We even added to ROCKY’s legendary ruggedness with an improved IP rating.  To preview the specs, click here.


New Android Interoperability Capability [FREE DOWNLOAD]

rightside_menu_5You may not have had a chance to see AMREL’s new interoperability capability at AUVSI, but you can read about it on your free download.  Just as our Flexpedient® technology revolutionized OCUs for UGVs, we think interoperable Small Lightweight Expansion Devices (SLED) will become standard for handheld applications.   Click here.


Utilizing UAVs for firefighting is well-known.  This video demonstrates unmanned systems being used for fire investigations, a completely different application. The ease of determining the causes of fires is directly related to the view the investigators have of the burned trees.  The perspective provided by high-definition cameras on small UAVs is close to ideal.  I doubt that many developers could have predicted this particular use for unmanned systems.  As unmanned systems diffuse into the civilian/commercial sector, we can expect more unexpected applications.

Telepresence: The killer app for robots? UPDATE

 Update: This telepresence article inspired more than a few comments in LinkedIn discussion groups.  With the authors’ permission, we are reposting comments made by Tandy Trower of Hoaloha Robotics, and Jim Gunderson of Gamma Two Robots.

“For certain types of scenarios, telepresence is very useful. For example, it has enabled us to explore the surface of Mars, inspect the nuclear reactor buildings in Japan, and enable soldiers to remotely defuse bombs. However, for business and personal/consumer scenarios it is much less clear if the value proposition works. Read more

Is There a Robot in the House?

robot_housecleaner_275Here we are, well into the second decade of a new millennium, and not only is there a conspicuous absence of jet packs, but also no robot butler made my breakfast this morning.  Domestic robots are not completely unknown, of course.  There’s the famous vacuuming Roomba, and home-based medical robots are starting to appear.  Yet, while robots are ubiquitous in industry, and rapidly expanding in the military sphere, their presence in our homes is minimal. Read more

AMREL’s New Rugged Laptops More Powerful

Faster, more powerful, and more flexible than earlier models, AMREL’s new RT9, RK9, and RF9 laptops are perfect for the data-heavy applications used by the military and public safety sectors.

“Every single upgrade in the new laptops was made in response to the critical needs of end users,” explains Ron McMahan, AMREL’s VP, Engineering Solutions. “Video streaming, biometric file transmission, mapping software, and other large footprint applications need greater shared system memory.  So, AMREL has added options for up to 8GB memory as well as faster processors and a larger memory cache.” Read more


Of course, AMREL will be at the UAV WEST Summit!  We’ll be there to talk about our interoperable OCU solutions, as wll as our super-light, super-powerful ROCKY DB6 handheld. Come see us at booth #211.


Visit AMREL Booth #531 and ask about our new DK+ in-vehicle system. It’s  in-vehicle and a handheld, easily integrated with off-the-shelf modems, and requires only one cable for installation.


AMREL at AUVSI Interoperability Conference

Don’t miss Ron McMahan, AMREL’s Vice President of Engineering Solutions, speaking at the UGV interoperability session on Tuesday, November 1.  From October 31 to November 3, AMREL will be at booth #6, discussing our latest interoperable robotic control solutions.  Click here to learn more about the conference. See you in San Diego!


Wired has a video featuring MESA’s amazing ACER UGV as well as its autonomy programming, which was created by the folks at 5D.  At the 5 minute, 20 second mark of the video, you can see the AMREL laptop that’s serves as ACER’s Operator Control Unit.  Check out Exclusive Video: Robot Mini-Tank Battles Homemade Bombs