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Cicilline explores Brown’s robotics lab

Technologies that open possibilities

Chad Jenkins, left, explains how a robotic quadcopter can be controlled from an ordinary laptop. Congressman David Cicilline later took it for a spin and, below, met students via a robotic telepresence device. Credit: Photos by Mike Cohea/Brown University

Robots assemble cars and search the floor of the Indian Ocean miles below the surface. But they can also help elderly or disabled people with more routine tasks of daily living. U.S. Rep. David Cicilline visited the CIT for a look at how robotic assistive technologies are becoming more useful and can be more conveniently controlled.