Motorola Solutions Invests in Drone Maker CyPhy Works

Innovative solution puts eyes and ears in hard-to-reach locations

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — March 16, 2015 — Motorola Solutions has made a strategic investment in CyPhy Works, a leading developer of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. Founded by Helen Greiner, co-founder of iRobot, CyPhy Works has developed a drone technology and business roadmap that pioneers use of “microfilament tether” technology that enables long-duration or persistent flight with secure streaming of high-speed data and high-definition video.
“Real-time information is a powerful tool for our public safety and commercial customers,” said Paul Steinberg, chief technology officer at Motorola Solutions. “A tethered drone collecting situational awareness in large or hard-to-reach locations quickly puts eyes and ears on the scene, enabling our customers to read the moment, know what’s relevant and help them make fast decisions about how to deploy resources. This can help not only resolve incidents faster but also provide information to help prevent critical situations from happening in the first place.”

CyPhy Works’ easy-to-operate flying robots are well suited for use in public safety and commercial applications. The company offers “no-pilot” hardware systems, autopilot and control software, uninterrupted high-definition and infrared imaging, and laser measurement sensors. Its microfilament technology can be used for long-term, long-duration operation in the field without charging batteries, which enables real-time secure data transfer to the ground station.

Motorola Solutions’ investment in CyPhy Works is part of its strategy to advance mission-critical communications by connecting public safety and commercial customers with real-time data and intelligence like never before. CyPhy Works is part of Motorola Solutions’ growing network of investments in technologies that are contributing to the smart public safety solutions that enable the safer cities of the future. Earlier this year, the company announced investments in VocalZoom, a developer of sensors for speech enhancement, and SceneDoc, maker of “public safety’s trusted digital notebook.”

“The opportunity to offer flying robots, or UAVs, to the public safety and commercial sectors for imaging, mapping, monitoring and other applications is truly exciting,” said Greiner, CyPhy Works CEO. “Our robust platform is specifically designed for field operations in rough real-world conditions.”

Terms of the investment by Motorola Solutions Venture Capital were not disclosed.

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Motorola Moto Maxx – Mobile Gazette – Mobile Phone News

The Motorola Moto Maxx is the worldwide version of the Motorola DROID Turbo that ships exclusively on the US Verizon network. It’s a high-end and appealing device, but at the moment it is heading to South American markets only.MOTO-DROID-UNIQUE-MATERIALS-FULLBLEED-US3c7yls4uj2ytqk988x761o1o

Although the Moto Maxx has the same size screen and a roughly similar footprint to theMotorola Moto X II, it is actually much more like a shrunk-down version of the Motorola-builtGoogle Nexus 6 instead, with the addition of a very large battery.

As with the X, the Moto Maxx has a 5.2″ display, but in this case it is a higher resolution 1440 x 2560 pixel panel, the same resolution as the Nexus 6. Also in common with the Nexus 6 it has a 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable onboard storage. This is an Android 4.4.4 device, although Motorola are promising that it will get quicker upgrades than older models because of the purer Android experience.

On the back is a 21 megapixel camera which can shoot 1080p video at 30fps and 2160p video at 24fps, which is impressive. There’s a 2 megapixel camera on the front as well. Also on the back is the Kevlar coating that we’ve seen in some previous DROID and RAZR smartphones. This feature gives the device some character, although otherwise it is a tidy but unexciting affair which appears to be available only in black.

One of the headline features is the enormous 3900 mAh battery inside the Moto Maxx, which Motorola claim is the biggest in any smartphone. Probably as a result of this, the Moto Maxx is a heavy device at 176 grams, 20% heavier than the Moto X…

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The NEW MOTOROLA XOOM™ FRONT HOME is now available

Winner of CNET’s “Best of Show” and “Best Tablet” at CES 2011. Motorola XOOM is available at Verizon.

Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Software Update, Coming First to Motorola XOOM™, Delivers Support for Android Market Movie Rentals and Numerous Other Enhancements

Best Tablet at CES 2011 - Motorola XOOM™ is now available
Winner of CNET’s “Best of Show” and “Best Tablet” at CES 2011. Motorola XOOM™ is available at Verizon.
Over-the-air software update rolling out this week to Motorola XOOM tablets on Verizon Wireless
Motorola XOOM users on the Verizon Wireless network will soon be able to rent movies, use a Bluetooth® headset during video chats, resize their widgets and more with an over-the-air software update for Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb)that makes the Motorola XOOM experience even more powerful than before. The software update, coming first to Motorola XOOM and rolling out this week, delivers a wide range of new features and expanded functionality, including: 

  • Support for the new Android Market movie rentalsservice with thousands of titles available for immediate viewing on the Motorola XOOM’s high-resolution display or on a larger screen via HDMI
  • Full support for the final release of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2, delivering significant performance enhancements when viewing rich Flash content on the web
  • Resizable widgets to enable further customization of home screens
  • Support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories, such as keyboards, mice, game controllers and digital cameras
  • Expanded Bluetooth features to support Bluetooth headsets in Google Talk™ video chats and Bluetooth mouse support in addition to additional shortcut keys with the Bluetooth keyboard
  • Picture Transfer Protocol Feature support to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC without the need for drivers

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