Evolution Robotics Gets $1M Navy Contract

Pasadena-based Evolution Robotics, an Idealab-backed firm developing robotics software, said today that it has won a federal contract from the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research, which is worth nearly $1M. According to Evolution Robotics, the contract covers research on scaling visual recognition for maritime domain awareness. Visual recognition algorithms are one of the key parts of Evolution's robotics software, and are being deployed commercially with firms such as NTT DoCoMo. Evolution Robotics said the firm's technology will be used to help the Navy develop real-time systems for recognizing boats, aircraft, and other vehicles regardless of weather conditions, lighting, scale, and viewpoint.