Camera Robotics Pioneer Miles Spellman Retires
After a long and distinguished career in broadcast engineering, Miles Spellman is retiring.
Spellman’s specialty over the years has been the software that controls robotic camera systems. He wrote control software for the first fully roaming broadcast pedestal systems for a company called TSM – a feat that broadcast veterans will remember. These systems astonished crowds at NAB, freely roaming the studio and expertly executing camera shots for news productions.
Spellman and his colleague Bob Scotto – who worked together engineering the mechanics behind the TSM system – decided to branch off and start their own company, Cambotics. At Cambotics, together they designed a new generation of highly accurate and reliable robotic camera systems, patenting a whole new drive system. Spellman personally wrote all of the control and user interface software, helping Cambotics build a reputation for solid and reliable systems. Over the next few years, Cambotics developed a loyal following of customers in spite of spending virtually no money on sales or marketing.
After 8 years with Cambotics, and in preparation for retirement, Spellman and Scotto sold Cambotics to Ross Video in 2011. Ross Robotics has since grown in leaps and bounds with Ross scaling the business, and significantly adding to engineering, manufacturing and technical support of the Ross “CamBot” line.
With the transition successfully executed, and a new team of software developers in place, the path is now clear for Miles to retire. Bob Scotto continues to work on new camera robotics projects with Ross, with no plans of retirement yet.