AMREL COTS handheld used for OCU & Payload Controller at Robot Rodeo

The Robot Rodeo will be held June 20 to 29 in Fort Benning, Georgia

Los Angeles, CA (June 18, 2012) American Reliance, Inc. (AMREL) announced that their

superlight, atom-based handheld, the ROCKY DB6, will be used as a payload controller
and Operator Control Unit to demonstrate autonomous functions at the Robot Rodeo.

The Robot Rodeo will be held June 20 to 29 in Fort Benning, Georgia. AMREL is a
member of a demonstration team that includes:
* MacroUSA, who will be providing the Armadillo and Scorpion Unmanned Ground
* RE2, who will be supplying the DS1-MA manipulator arm.
* 5D, whose software will enable autonomous functions.

AMREL will provide three DB6s:
1. One DB6 for the OCU for both robots (Windows OS)
2. One DB6 for the Scorpion payload (Linux OS)
3. One DB6 for the Armadillo payload (Linux OS)

DB6, a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) product, is the smallest, fully rugged
handheld in the world that can run full Windows or Linux OS.

As currently envisioned, the DB6 will be connected to a vest, worn by the operator. The
vest will have batteries and antennas. The operator will have the option of pocketing
the DB6, and switching to a game controller.

"This demo is being conducted with an eye toward dismounted forces, which is why the
DB6 was chosen," explained Ron McMahan, AMREL's Vice President of Engineering
Solutions. "It has ideal SWaP (Size, weight and Power) for the mobile warfighter, who is
already overburden by heavy equipment and batteries."

"The really amazing thing is that in less than 30 days, off-the-shelf DB6s have been
integrated into two robots to perform multiple functions," McMahan added. "The DB6
has multiple, flexible I/O capability, which enables easy integration in numerous
unmanned platforms. In addition, having a powerful computer at the payload will help
with the 'analytics' of situational awareness, and relieve the crowded spectrum."

Demonstrated autonomous functions include visualization and tasking. Also to be
displayed is navigation, which includes guarded motion, obstacle avoidance, and

Learn about the Rocky DB6 at

American Reliance Inc. (AMREL) designs and manufactures small-footprint, highly
integrated, rugged mobile computing solutions for OCUs, payload controllers, and
other subsystems. Quickly and easily modified, these subsystems can be easily
integrated into a wide array of Unmanned Systems. Visit

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