On Friday, Platypus launched its robot library, a way of making robots available to students, environmental groups and hobbyists wanting to collect environmental data. The first set of beta-testers learned how to use the robots and the processes for collecting good data.
The library will allow schools, universities and environmental groups to check out a robot, for a small fee, and spend a day collecting data before using the Platypus data portal to disseminate the data to the general public.
CMU is collaborating with the effort and will provide educational materials and eventually other robots.
Platypus plans on opening the Pittsburgh robot library up to the general public in the next few months and several libraries around the work. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be notified of training sessions.