Minnesota Patent of the Month – May 2021

Police and military forces often use throwable robots which have to be able to survive rugged conditions. Throwable robots give them an opportunity to gain video and audio recon quickly. Besides being thrown, they can crawl over a variety of terrain and can be convertible to tackle different terrains. ReconRobotics, Inc. specializes in developing these tactical micro-robots in a variety of forms. 

Recently, they have been working on advancing their throwable robots to improve their performance and reliability. ReconRobotics integrated a simple system to make it easy to enable and disable the robot rapidly. The robot is structured with two wheels and a body connecting them. The body contains two magnets which provide a magnetic flux field. A key made of an electromagnetic permeable material can be inserted. When the key is in place, it alters the magnetic flux field. When the key is inserted, and the magnetic field is modified, it enables the robot, making it ready to be thrown t into action. 

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