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10 Robotic startups in 2020

Originally from by Stewe Crowe


Headquarters: Berkeley, CA
Technology: artificial intelligence for robots
Founded: 2017
Overview: Our mission is to build the Covariant Brain, a universal AI to give robots the ability to see, reason and act on the world around them. Bringing AI from research in the lab to the infinite variability and constant change of our customer’s real-world operations requires new ideas, approaches and techniques.

Digital Dream Labs

Headquarters: Pittsburgh
Technology: Toy robots
Founded: 2012
Overview: Digital Dream Labs (DDL) is the leading provider of hands-on educational technology for children ages 4 to 9. The company’s products satisfy the need for engaging, language- and system-agnostic designs that allow pre-readers to interface with both on-screen environments and other devices such as educational robots, smart speakers and other smart devices, and drones.

Freedom Robotics

Headquarters: San Francisco
Technology: Robotics management software
Founded: 2018
Overview: Freedom Robotics is the leading provider of software infrastructure for modern robotics companies. Based in San Francisco, California, Freedom Robotics creates mission critical software infrastructure to enable the next generation of robotics companies to build, operate, support and scale robots and robotic fleets. Freedom Robotics is platform agnostic and works with any robot and installs in seconds with just one line of code in order to help robotics companies bring their product to market 10x faster with half the resources.


Headquarters: Golden, Colorado
Technology: Autonomous yard operations
Founded: 2017
Overview: Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety and increase efficiency. The only company exclusively focused on automating all aspects of yard operations, Outrider eliminates manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation by deploying zero-emission systems. Outrider is a private company backed by NEA, 8VC, Koch Disruptive Technologies, and other top-tier investors.

Refraction AI

Headquarters: Ann Arbor, MI
Technology: Delivery robots for last-mile delivery
Founded: 2017
Overview: We build and deploy robotic platforms for providing safe and scalable last mile goods delivery in urban areas.

Robust AI

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA
Technology: Cognitive platform for robots
Founded: 2019
Overview: Robust.AI is a fast growing early stage startup founded by an unsurpassed team of veterans in robotics, business and AI. Current robots are extremely limited, typically relegated to highly controlled environments, unable to function in dynamic, open-ended environments, and poorly equipped to deal with the unexpected. We are building an industrial-strength cognitive platform — the first of its kind — to enable robots to be smart, collaborative, robust, safe and genuinely autonomous, with applications in a very broad range of verticals from construction and delivery to warehouses and domestic robots.

Scaled Robotics

Headquarters: Barcelona
Technology: Mobile robots for construction
Founded: 2016
Overview: Construction impacts our daily lives in unique ways. The industry shapes the cities we live in, producing the homes we dwell in and the infrastructure that drives our economies. With 200,000 people a day globally moving to urban areas, the industry must respond to some of the biggest challenges of our time, but it is plagued by waste and inefficiency. At Scaled Robotics we are applying robotics and machine learning to build new tools that can track, analyze and optimize the construction process.

Southie Autonomy

Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts
Technology: Robot software
Founded: 2017
Overview: Southie Autonomy provides contract packagers, manufacturers, and retailers with fast and flexible robot arm automation. Our no-code, no-programming software platform makes it easy for any worker to deploy and changeover robot arms in less than 10 minutes. Our software allows for easy automation of secondary packaging assembly, kitting, and palletization. The innovative AI/AR platform creates a program for the robot to follow, enabling it to pick up objects of varying shapes and sizes. No coding, engineering, or highly trained experts are necessary, enabling any operator to redirect a robot arm with simple gestures. With Southie, robots become multi-purpose, one robot can be used for many different applications.

XACT Robotics

Headquarters: Caesarea, Israel
Technology: Robotic platform for needle steering for surgical procedures
Founded: 2013
Overview: XACT Robotics™ is advancing the field of radiology, pioneering the first hands-free robotic system combining image-based planning and navigation with instrument insertion and steering capabilities to democratize percutaneous interventional procedures. The XACT Robotic System is designed to be compatible with a broad range of imaging modalities, capable of delivering various instruments to a desired target with unprecedented Accuracy, Consistency, and Efficiency. Its small footprint and high mobility features, coupled with its ease of use, enable care providers to treat a broad range of patient care needs in multiple clinical sites of service.

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