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U of I’s 300-Pound Robot Moves into Coeur d’Alene Innovation Den

October 17, 2017

Baxter does his best to teach the basics of robotics and artificial intelligence to the students at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene Computer Science Department. He’s even learning to make them coffee.


That’s pretty good for a 300-pound robot that inhabits the recently renovated Innovation Den, a cutting-edge research hub that houses tech startups inside the century-old Elks building in downtown Coeur d’Alene.


The Innovation Den is a technology incubator, and is home to over 30 of the region’s innovators and entrepreneurs working on projects as varied as drones to robotics to venture funds and data science startups. U of I’s Department of Computer Science moved into the space this fall.


The public is invited to check out the Innovation Den and meet Baxter and his research partners at an open house from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 418 E. Lakeside Ave. The Computer Science Department is on the lower level. Computer science faculty and students will be available to give tours of the facility, discuss the unique degree program and provide demonstrations of Baxter and other bi-pedal teaching robots.


U of I is in its second year of offering a four-year bachelor’s degree in a partnership program between North Idaho College, the College of Engineering and UI Coeur d’Alene. The first student is set to receive the Coeur d’Alene-based degree from the College of Engineering this spring.


For more information about the open house and to learn more about Baxter and the Innovation Den, go to


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Katherine Hoyer

Marketing & Communication Manager

University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene           



Rob Patton

Marketing & Communication Manager

University of Idaho College of Engineering


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