MIAMI, FL — (June 18, 2015) — Building a robot is fun and exciting – just ask any STEM-literate [science,
technology, engineering and math education] student or hobbyist. The DIY tech industry is fast-growing,
as consumers take more interest in designing and building their own robots.
Recognizing the growth potential in the DIY robotics and electronics communities, Miami-based Modern
Robotics Inc., strategically announced its launch at the 2015 FIRST Robotics Championship held recently
in St. Louis, MO.
Modern Robotics fuses emerging hardware technology with the latest innovations in robotics, allowing
students, hobbyists and those curious about science and technology the opportunity to build and
operate their own robotics systems using the power of their Android smartphone or tablet. The product
line is suitable for both competition and educational robotic programs.
The company’s skilled engineers and experienced staff design and manufacture various components –
modules, sensors and Matrix building systems – that allow robots to be controlled by an Android device
(tablets or phones) or PC via USB cables. Users are able to build and control robots using a simple teleop
platform to very sophisticate and complex robotic systems whose functions and capabilities are only
limited by their imaginations.
“Our launch is the first step in a number of significant steps to align our organization for long-term
growth. With unlimited potential, we are well-positioned to design and deliver innovative and reliable
systems to the competition arena, the educational system, the DIY market, enthusiasts and dealers,”
said Stephen Barker, CEO and co-founder of Modern Robotics, Inc.
FIRST, a non-profit based in Manchester, NH, was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest
and participation in science and technology. FIRST-organized competitions engage more than 400,000
students worldwide each year, culminating with the FIRST Robotic Championship, a four-day robotics
challenge held annually in April. Modern Robotics is involved with the organization’s FIRST Tech
Challenge (FTC) program. This program is designed for middle school and high school students to
compete head-to-head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building and
programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Teams — including
coaches, mentors and volunteers — are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound
engineering principles. The 2015-16 season features a game-changing technology platform: the
transition to user-friendly, Java-based Android platform. Modern Robotics, along with Qualcomm
Technologies, Inc., is involved in the development of the new platform.
“The FTC program allows these students to engage in a fun and exciting way while helping them further
develop valuable skills and grow their interest in science, technology, engineering and math,” said
Barker. “We are happy to be able to be a part of that and to see first-hand how these kids use our
Manufacturing and engineering of Modern Robotics’ products is done in Utica, NY. The company ships
For more information, or to schedule an interview, call 954.651.1346. The company website is
About Modern Robotics
Modern Robotics designs, manufactures and distributes a wide collection of electronic products used for
educational and hobby robotics. The company has a skilled team of engineers and support staff who are
dedicated to creating an extensive collection of controllers, sensors and other accessories to allow users
to control their robot projects.
Modern Robotics engineers have many years of experience in electronic and mechanical design and
have created products for a wide range of companies worldwide.