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Kentucky inventors hope drone robotics business takes off

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --They're meant for the jobs no one else wants to do. For that reason and because there's usually a lot of high-tech equipment aboard, robots and drones are sky-high when it comes to price.

"That kind of prices them out of being able to be on every single fire truck, or being able to be a part of every single rescue team," Louisville entrepreneur Matthew Beck explained.

So, Beck and his engineering partner, Joey Alvey, are looking to change that with a business called Drone Robotics

"Our focus is to create simple, affordable robots." he said.

The duo's idea would be to lend or rent out robot/drone combos equipped with cameras, microphones, and lights to police departments, fire departments, and other places that could really use the machines.

"That's a tool that could possibly save lives, and that's what we're excited about," said Beck.

He adds all you have to do is look back at some of the headlines over the past couple of years to see his point. He tells us his robot could have helped on just about every front during the 2012 West Point train derailment. The robot goes in and out, putting no one in danger. Beck also says the machine could've helped in every stand-off, and fire rescue we've seen since.

"Imagine a firefighter going into a disaster area, being able to put a victim on the robot and having that robot carry the victim, and follow them out of the scene," Beck said.

There's also the capability of controlling the robot and drone from a separate, central base.

"You've got the altitude, speed, basically the overlay of what the robot is actually doing in real time," Alvey said.

Google maps lets controllers watch each movement. It's new, more affordable technology born here, that the two hope grows here, solving dangerous problems in the process.

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