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US Navy Buys 50 Robotis Bioloids from KumoTek

Posted 19 Jul 2007 at 15:34 UTC by steve Share This

Matt Fisher of KumoTek writes, "We just won a bid to provide 50 Bioloid Kits to the US Naval Academy". The Bioloids will be used at the US Naval Academy for classroom instruction in robotics. The Robotis Bioloid is a robot kits consisting of RC type servos and joints that can be assembled into a variety of robots such as bipeds, quadrupeds, snakes, hexapods, robot arms and about any other type of jointed robot. KumoTek also sells to the general public through their Roboporium website. For more details on KumoTek's Navy contract, read on for the full text of their press release.

PRESS RELEASE

FOR RELEASE: Immediate
TO: All Press
CONTACT: Tom Fisher, Business Manager, 972-765-0813; Matt Fisher, CEO, 972-821-7744

Humanoid Robot Vendor Awarded Naval Academy Contract

Lewisville, TX -- Humanoid robot vendor KumoTek, LLC, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to provide 50 Robotis Bioloid Comprehensive Robot Kits to the U.S. Naval Academy. The Bioloid is a versatile robot kit capable of being configured into numerous shapes, such as walking humanoids, dogs, spiders and even snakes. It will be used for classroom instruction. This product is available at: http://www.roboporium.com/bioloid_comprehensive.html

This is a significant milestone in the educational robotics industry, as robotics instruction has begun to gain prominence in multiple academic disciplines, including computer science, mechanical engineering and software programming.

KumoTek will be exhibiting the latest in humanoid robot technologies at the nanoTX '07 International Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas this October.

Robot markets

Many robotics companies, including KumoTek, are reporting revenues 3 to 10 times higher for quarters one and two of 2007 than for all of 2006 combined.

A growing number of robotics clubs at high schools and universities are now engaged in advanced robotics research and development. Additionally, colleges are adding robotics courses to their undergraduate computer science and engineering departments.

According to the RoboCup Federation, attendance at conferences and robot competitions is up across the board; almost doubling over the past two years. RoboCup is an international joint project to promote AI, robotics, and related fields. The ultimate goal of RoboCup is to develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots by 2050 that can win against the human world champion team in soccer. Competitions such as RoboCup are now attracting spectators and competitors from across world.

KumoTek provided critical support as a participating member of this year’s winning RoboCup team from Japan, Team Osaka.

About KumoTek

KumoTek's CEO is Matt Fisher, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and graduate of the University of Richmond with a degree in International Business and Marketing. He is also fluent in the Japanese language.

Tom Fisher, a graduate of Texas Tech University, is KumoTek's business manager. He is an experienced programmer and a combat veteran of Vietnam, having served as an Army field artillery officer.

KumoTek is based in Lewisville, TX, and also operates through an Internet web store, http://www.roboporium.com/.

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