Fun Finds Friday: Robotic Dogs Come to Chicago

[dot_recommends] April 22, 2022 Manufacturing Trends

Innovative Technology Design and Manufacturing Attracted the Defense Innovation Unit to the Midwest

Innovative technology design and manufacturing always catches my interest. The robot shown in the image above is the Ghost Robotics Vision 60 semi-autonomous robot dog. The photo shows airmen assigned to the 375th Security Forces Squadron function as they tested the robot the  prior to a demonstration at Scott Air Force Base.

Defense Innovation Unit Now in the Midwest

Looking to connect with more Midwest innovation companies, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced the week of April 17 that they opened their next innovation center in Chicago, Illinois.

The DoD innovation centers, called Defense Innovation Units or DIUs, partner with tech firms to commercialize products that will benefit national defense. This is the fifth DIU in the U.S., and the first in the Midwest.

Chicago Chosen for Talent and Technology

Chicago was selected by the DoD to “better leverage the wealth of talent and technology in the Midwest” according to the press release.

To date, the DIU program has introduced more than 100 new companies to the DoD and transitioned 43 commercial technologies to DoD partners. Now the Midwest will benefit from the program.

Crucial to Increase Supply Chain Resilience

“American innovators are crucial to increasing the strength and resiliency of our supply lines and leveraging the creativity and productivity of the American workforce,” said Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Deputy Secretary of Defense. “Today’s expansion of DIU will help to tap into talent and technology in the Midwest, and add a diverse resource to our innovation and modernization capabilities base.”

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Image credit: Department of Defense


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