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The Robotics Revolution In Boston30:15
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A flying robot at CyPhy Works in Danvers with Anthony Brooks and Jason Walker looking on. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)
A flying robot at CyPhy Works in Danvers with Anthony Brooks and Jason Walker looking on. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

The epicenter of that robotics revolution isn't Silicon Valley. It's in greater Boston. There are about 100 robotics companies in the region, more than two dozen research programs, employing 3,200 people with sales from companies approaching $2 billion. Sure, the military is a lucrative sector, but robotics has gone far beyond drones.

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Michael Moyer, editor in charge of technology coverage for Scientific American.

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Boston Globe "The Danvers-based drone manufacturer CyPhy Works doesn’t build flying robots that rain Hellfire missiles on people or record license plate numbers from 40,000 feet. Its drones are designed for peaceful missions — aerial inspections of buildings and bridges, or observing crime scenes."

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Check out this video of a flying robot at the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

This segment aired on May 20, 2013.

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