Photos: CMU startup adds robotics to water

On a recent, hot Friday afternoon members of the Platypus team were gathered around a pond in Schenley Park below the Carnegie Mellon University testing their technology. Platypus, a robotics company founded by six researchers at the CMU Robotics Institute, has developed a fully autonomous watercraft that they hope to introduce to various uses in environmental monitoring. “It’s a tool to do what you want,” said Balajee Kannan, project scientist at CMU and chief financial officer at Platypus.