5 Top Robotics Companies Changing Our World: Part 1

The Deep Tech Insider recently published a series of articles on robotics companies working to change outcomes in two distinct verticals: industrial and medical robotics. As the robotics sector is bigger than what we can ever cover, we decided to go back to this vertical and once again highlight some of the most exciting robotics startups out there.

This is the first of a series that we hope you will enjoy, as well as learn something from.

1. UBTECH Robotics

UBTECH Robotics is the global leader in intelligent humanoid robots. The company’s interactive robots serve the public, accelerate STEM education for children and assist and entertain in the home. Integrating UBTECH robots into our daily lives enhances how we live, work, learn, and play.

Founded in 2012 in Shenzhen, China by Zhou Jian, though with roots in industry-leading breakthroughs first made in 2008 to digital servos, UBTECH Robotics has raised an unbelievable $942.8 million in funding over five rounds in the decade it’s been around.

2. PickNik Robotics

Founded in 2015 for the Amazon Picking Challenge, PickNik Robotics is a robotic software company that creates, integrates, patches, or provides training for customers’ robotic applications.

Having particular expertise in the Robotic Operating System (ROS), PickNik Robotics was founded by Dave Coleman, Mike Lautman and Rob Coleman and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

As far as outside investment is concerned, the startup has raised just over $1 million in funding.

3. Cobalt Robotics

Cobalt Robotics is on a mission to elevate the work that people do by training machines to do boring tasks better. It believes that one human aspect that can never be replaced is judgment. By creating robots with machine learning, the company is able to replace dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs so that the humans responsible for those areas can better focus on what matters.

Cobalt Robotics was built by best-in-class engineers with security defence experts, backed by world-class investors.

With headquarters in Fremont, California, the startup was founded in 2016 by Travis Deyle and Erik Schluntz and has raised $53.3 million in outside funding over three rounds to date.

4. Halodi Robotics

Halodi Robotics is on a mission to bring capable humanoid robots to everyone. To achieve this, it has developed Eve, a full-sized humanoid robot that will serve industry and consumers at an affordable price.

Eve is unlike any other robot, due to the company’s Revo1 drive system with in-house developed motors and close to frictionless transmissions. This enables her to be the world’s first human strength direct-drive robot. She operates silently and can safely interact with people. Halodi Robotics has already set the world records for highest torque to weight ratio servo motors, most transparent transmissions and highest payload to weight ratio for a robotic arm.

After developing its prototype robot, Halodi Robotics is preparing to scale up its organization to further develop its robot and handle production.

Eve has been developed from the ground up to be mass-produced at a low cost and to handle the latency inherent in cloud computing. This will enable her to utilize modern AI approaches for both reasoning and dynamics and be affordable for domestic use given sufficient volumes.

Halodi Robotics was founded in Oslo, Norway in 2015 by Bernt Øivind Børnich and Nguyen Ho Quoc Phuong and has raised a respectable $13 million in funding over five rounds.

5. Moley Robotics

Moley Robotics was founded by London-based computer scientist, robotics and healthcare innovator Dr. Mark Oleynik, CEO of the company.

Moley Robotics has created the world’s first robotic kitchen. Featuring an advanced, fully functional robot integrated into a beautifully designed, professional kitchen, it cooks with the skill and flair of a master chef.

Moley Robotics has raised over $900,000 in Equity Crowdfunding since being founded in 2014.