Maschinenmensch develops collaborative robotic systems that extend human awareness and understanding. We employ robotic solutions that not only leverage existing, accessible technology but also design innovative and advanced solutions. And while robots can act autonomously, they are an extension of our bodies and senses. Our focus, therefore, is an effective and thoughtful user interface resulting in a thoughtful collaboration with human and machine that advances the skills of both user and robot, capturing the needed content effectively and efficiently.  Robotics for everyone.

Going where we can’t go, seeing what we can’t see, longer, faster, safer on land, in the sea and in the air. Robotics enhance the speed and safety of documentation, reconnaissance, exploration and mapping across a variety of applications including environmental monitoring, cinematography, site surveying, photogommetry, search & rescue, site surveying and of course much more. The sensors and computer platforms are smaller and faster than every before.  Transportation platforms have become more compact and more powerful. Robotics are now and here to stay. And alongside thoughtful design and utilization, the possibilities are endless.

Founder Christopher Auger-Dominguez brings cutting edge experience in product design in the drone and robotic industry as well as in photography, remote sensing and geography. Drones and robotics provide a unique junction for Christopher’s background,  an obvious evolution in Christopher’s career track arching from cartography and geography at Texas A&M University to a photography studio in New York City to product marketing in Los Angeles to tinkering and inventing in Silicon Valley.  And now, combining these skills inspired by the Maker spirit and tech entrepreneurship, Christopher started Maschinenmensch as an innovative approach to robotic design that bridges the gap between machine and human.

With each project, Christopher leads a team of skilled and innovative engineers and programmers. Believing in the power of a great team, Maschinenmensch puts together specialized technicians resolved to answer each need and challenge with creativity and precision. And with every unique application and user, we design each solution catered to that client while keeping an eye on producing quality data and imagery how you want it, when you need it.

Maschinenmensch literally means “machine-[hu]man”. The name was used to describe an antagonist humanoid robot in science fiction in the 1927 novel and silent movie “Metropolis”. The story paints a dark future human-machine relationship, a prophecy that still rings in science fiction 100 years later. However the reality is that robotics will continue to evolve as an integral part of our lives. And just like any other machine, thoughtful design and usability is key to an efficient and successful tool, no matter how autonomous it may be. As these machines become more autonomous, all the more reason to consider it a collaboration. The name Maschinenmensch punctuates the company’s devotion to better inform and prepare the community as well as celebrate the amazing technology and the infinite possibilities robotics and technology affords.

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