Our research stresses the realization of new concepts which will lead to greater levels of autonomy and lower systems costs. The concepts presented involve primarily the development of novel sensory input systems and data processing methodologies. These systems have been implemented and tested on several platforms and are being applied to the real-time execution of various tasks such as cleaning buildings, building sentry and material transfer. As well, the experimental platform itself is being offered for third party research. The ultimate aim of the research is to reach human scale performance levels for certain specific applications while maintaining realistic price/performance ratios.