ReconRobotics, Inc.

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ReconRobotics, Inc.
Industry Robotics
Founded 2006
Headquarters Edina, Minnesota
Products Military Robots
Law Enforcement Robots
Robotics Accessories
UAV Landing Systems
Vision Processing Systems
Number of employees
17 (February 2014)

ReconRobotics, Inc. is a privately owned advanced robotics company headquartered in Edina, Minnesota. The company designs, engineers, and manufactures tactical micro-robot systems for law enforcement and military personnel that increase situational awareness in order to save lives. Users of the company’s robots include multiple branches of the United States Armed Forces, international friendly forces, and more than 550 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. More than 4,700 of the company’s micro-robot systems have been deployed or are under contract.[1]


ReconRobotics, Inc. was founded in 2006 to commercialize robotics technology developed at the University of Minnesota Distributed Robotics Laboratory under funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).[1] The company introduced the world’s first tactical micro-robot – the Recon Scout® – in 2007. Since then, the company has designed and engineered several new-generation robot systems and accessories to meet the evolving needs of law enforcement agencies and the military. On May 3, 2011, ReconRobotics signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) to develop a robot with magnetic wheels to climb over the hull of a ship.[2] In April 2012, ReconRobotics acquired Xollai LLC, a company specializing in automated guidance, optics, and recognition technology.[3] In June 2012, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and ReconRobotics signed a cooperative research and development agreement to “identify, evaluate, and develop a range of mutually beneficial technologies.”[4] In 2013, ReconRobotics was recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company magazine. The company was ranked 44th along with several other robotics companies.[5]


Throwbot® XT[edit]

The Throwbot XT is capable of transmitting audio and visual reconnaissance to military, counterterrorism, and tactical law enforcement personnel. The robot is highly water-resistant, exceptionally quiet, and can survive throws up to 120 feet (36 meters). The infrared optical system also allows users to see in complete darkness.[6]

Recon Scout Throwbot LE[edit]

The Recon Scout Throwbot LE is an affordable reconnaissance robot that is primarily used by police patrol officers to identify hidden threats and search confined spaces.[7]

Recon Scout IR[edit]

The Recon Scout IR is a throwable reconnaissance robot with the ability to see in complete darkness. Its infrared optical system automatically turns on when ambient light is low.[8]

Recon Scout UVI[edit]

The Recon Scout UVI enables operators to safely inspect vehicle undercarriages. Instead of using hand-held mirrors, the robot allows a user to get a complete direct view of the undercarriage while searching for narcotics or explosives.[9]

Recon Scout XL[edit]

The Recon Scout XL is a rugged micro-robot meant to traverse varied terrain. Its wheels can climb over 4-inch (10.2-centimeter) obstacles, enabling operators to drive it through landscapes of rocks, grass, sand and debris.[10]

Robotics Accessories[edit]

ReconRobotics manufactures and sells a variety of accessories for its robotics systems. These include a SearchStick™ that can clasp a robot and be used as a pole camera,[11] a field charging station,[12] and a command station to monitor simultaneous robot use.[13]


The Recon Scout LE IR utilizes (3) rechargeable batteries stacked in series to yield 11.1VDC 550mAh. [14]

  • Lithium Polymer (Li-Poly, Lipo)
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • 45mm L x 28mm W x 4.5mm H (1.77" L x 1.10" W x .17" H)
  • 3.7v
  • 550mAh
  • P/N: 452845

Operating Environments[edit]

Military Robotics[edit]

The United States military and dozens of friendly forces utilize the company’s Recon Scout and Throwbot systems in high-risk operations. The robots save lives by providing dismounted fire teams with increased situational awareness and standoff distance during urban warfare, compound clearing operations, and surveillance missions.[15] In June 2012, the United States Army’s Rapid Equipping Force issued an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for up to 1,000 of the company’s micro-robots for use by soldiers and Marines. This was the company’s fifth major military contract since August 2011.

Law Enforcement Robotics[edit]

More than 550 tactical teams, worldwide, use the company’s Recon Scout and Throwbot systems to protect the lives of personnel and speed the resolution of high-risk operations, including barricaded subject situations, narcotics raids and hostage rescue missions.[16] The video and audio reconnaissance provided by these systems allows tactical operators to quickly clear rooms and buildings, leading to increased safety for officers and civilians. Federal clients include the FBI, ATF, State Department and U.S. Marshals Service.

International Operations[edit]

ReconRobotics’ international operations are marketed outside North America by a reseller network in 33 countries.



Mack Traynor, President and CEO

Andrew Drenner, PhD, Chief Technology Officer

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