A robotics company is seeking funding for an ambitious project that aims to transform how soldiers and their families interact with their homes, offices and cars.
In its bid for $100 million in funding from the Canadian Armed Forces’ Strategic Innovation Fund, which provides $1.3 billion annually, Cybercobra has a list of four potential funding rounds.
They are to be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at a joint news conference with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
“We want to be a robotics company that’s going to bring technology to people who want to interact with it,” said CEO Jason Latham.
“It’s about enabling people to have more control over their lives.”
Cybercubra is seeking to transform what it calls the “robotically controlled” home, with the goal of providing a safer and more affordable alternative to the traditional human interface.
It’s a concept that is increasingly gaining popularity with military and law enforcement agencies, who are also using the technology to improve their own relationships with their families and loved ones.
Cybercabra is not only a company, but also a family.
Cybercube is a small but ambitious team, with an international focus, with Latham and three other co-founders, all of whom are Canadian citizens.
Their mission is to create the best-in-class robotic, software and hardware solutions for the Armed Forces.
“I’m a robot guy, and I really wanted to be in this space,” said Latham, who lives in London, Ont., with his wife and four children.
CyberCube’s core technology is called Cybercocobra.
It includes a wide range of robotic features, including the ability to carry a camera in the hand, to use a voice-activated remote to interact and to interact via the smartphone.
The technology also enables the team to provide real-time, real-world real-timings, and to be connected to the real world through video calls, said Luthand.
CyberCobra’s team, which includes the Royal Military College of Canada, the University of Toronto and the University at Buffalo, are also looking for partners, including hardware and software companies and government agencies.
The team is also looking at the military community, with a focus on helping troops navigate home, work and socializing with family, said the company’s website.
The company says the technology can also be used by soldiers and family members to improve safety, to make decisions more quickly and to improve workplace interactions.
“What we are doing is creating the technology that enables the Armed Force to be better equipped for life in the home and the workplace,” said co-founder and CEO of CyberCube, James Latham in an interview with CBC News.
CyberCube says it’s already in the process of developing robots that can carry out basic tasks, such as making a cup of coffee, or delivering mail. “
And so, we’re trying to figure out how to provide the tools that enable that.”
CyberCube says it’s already in the process of developing robots that can carry out basic tasks, such as making a cup of coffee, or delivering mail.
The military also wants to see a variety of robotic solutions for home security, and for those who are dealing with emergencies.
Latham said Cybercuba’s robotics system would also be able to help in the event of a natural disaster.
“When you look at what happened in Sandy Hook and what happened with the Boston Marathon bombing, we have a whole bunch of systems that we could use to help with the safety and security of the home,” said the co-Founders.
“So, if that happens, we could help in some way.”
Latham’s co-chair, Col. David Sorensen, said there are some advantages to building robots for home automation.
“The military is the one that’s the most focused on the home as it relates to safety and the environment,” he said.
“There are a lot of issues that need to be addressed.
It will also be a great opportunity to be able, as a company with the military in mind, to get in the business of building robots to help the military.”
Lothars’ team will also look at other applications for the Cybercibra robots, including building artificial limbs, robotics systems for healthcare and even a drone for the Royal Canada Mounted police.
CyberCubas main goal is to have robots that are more user-friendly, and are safer than the human-controlled versions, said Soren, adding that CyberCuba’s robotic systems would be able assist with all sorts of tasks, including medical care.
“As a company we’re looking to see how we can enhance the capabilities of the Armed forces and help them to do the best job they can with their robotics,” he added.
“But we’re also looking to help other organizations to do that as well.”
CyberCuba is not alone in its robotics ambitions.