The return of dogs after a long lockdown has become too common a problem.
But in Buckinghamshire there is now a very different dog breed, as Spot, the cyber dog, has stormed a site at one of the county’s universities.
Spot, developed by Boston Dynamics, is a mobile robot dog designed to enable automated inspection and exploration.
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And now he can be found at Buckingham University thanks to a £ 1 million investment in computer science at the university.
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It also includes the Birdly project, an immersive virtual reality system that creates the experience of flying over the landscapes of the world.
The project has also funded single-arm Yumi robots and several state-of-the-art virtual and augmented reality headphones.
The institution’s School of Computing opened a new innovation center on Friday, September 3, which was officially launched by Lord Clement Jones.
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The project is part of the first phase of a £ 3.2 million investment in computer science at the university, a joint venture between the university and the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (BLEP).
Dr Harin Sellahewa, dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, Law and Psychology, said: “We are very grateful for the BLEP funding that allows us to lead the way with AI, cybersecurity, immersive technologies and robotics.
“We want our students to develop the next generation of autonomous systems and innovative applications that solve real and complex problems.
“Our region is home to innovators in agricultural technologies, automotive, driverless cars, robotics and satellite technologies, which we can offer graduates with in-demand analytical and digital skills.”
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