Velocity Robotics brings advanced technology to the construction site

The construction industry is ripe for technology — tools to be connected, tasks for robots, measurements to be remembered by machines, not humans.

But contractors and construction companies balked when Brad Kriel first started pitching his company's connected, robotic miter saw accessory, Autoset.

"The thing that makes the difference is when you show them the numbers," Kriel, founder of Velocity Robotics, said Friday in his company's workshop in the basement storage area of the North Side's Nova Place. "It's really a no-brainer when you see the numbers"...