Submitted by Mike Thomas on Wed, 03/13/2019 - 14:48

Robots are taking over the world. OK, not really. Not yet. But they are becoming increasingly prevalent in almost every industry, from healthcare and manufacturing to defense and education.

Robotics Startups To Know

  • CANVAS Technology
  • Piaggio Fast Forward
  • Diligent Robotics
  • Boston Dynamics
  • Bluefin Robotics
  • Applied Aeronautics
  • Left Hand Robotics
  • Dronesense
  • Harvest Automation
  • Rethink Robotics

At robotics companies across America, the co-mingling of engineering and science is producing some truly innovative products — things that do what humans have typically done, only better. Whether it’s welding, teaching, assembling cars or performing surgery, these inventions are changing the way we live and work.

The following 26 companies are contributing to the robotics revolution.

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CANVAS Technology

CANVAS Technology

Industry: Industrial, Logistics

Location: Boulder, Colorado

What it does: CANVAS makes an autonomous robotic cart for use on factory floors and in manufacturing plants. Equipped with stereo cameras that have a full 3D view from floor to ceiling, sensors that serve as “virtual bumpers” and bright LED lights that alert people to its presence, it collects and sends real-time data about route times, bottlenecks and other factors that affect workplace safety and efficiency.

 

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Piaggio Fast Forward

Piaggio Fast Forward

Industry: Logistics, Computer Vision

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

What it does: From the Piaggio Group that brought you the Vespa scooter comes Piaggio Fast Forward; a robotics company dedicated to creating lightweight mobility solutions for people and goods. The company’s flagship robot, gita, is a mobile carrier that follows people around and carries up to 45 pounds. Gita can be used to carry everything from heavy books between classes to groceries.

 

Sphero robotics companies
Sphero

Sphero

Industry: Education, Gaming

Location: Boulder, Colorado

What it does: Sphero invented a now world-famous app-enabled robotic ball, which is used in classrooms all over the world to teach through play. In addition to the original ball, other products include the Sphero 2.0 and the Sphero Mini as well as app-enabled racing robots named Ollie and Darkside. The company’s Sphero Edu app is a hub for programming its robots and more.

 

Diligent Robotics
Diligent Robotics

Diligent Robotics

Industry: Healthcare

Location: Austin, Texas

What it does: Diligent’s AI-enabled robots are designed to work with people in  everyday environments. The company’s autonomous “Moxi” robot can be left alone to perform time-consuming logistical tasks in hospitals like setting up patient rooms and restocking supply rooms. Capable of navigating hospital hallways and other tight spaces, Moxi is even imbued with “social intelligence” that’s conveyed through its head movements and LED eyes.

 

PickNik Robotics robotics companies
PickNik Robotics

PickNik Robotics

Industry: Machine Learning, Industrial

Location: Boulder, Colorado

What it does: PickNik’s wide array of services include motion planning, advanced inverse kinematics, real-time control, collision avoidance, custom ros integration, 2D navigation, virtual reality, robot modeling, workspace analysis machine learning and more.

 

Anybots robotics companies
Anybots

Anybots

Industry: Healthcare, Education

Location: San Jose, California

What it does: Equipped with a speaker, camera and video screen, Anybots robots serve as remote avatars that are controlled through a browser-based interface and connect to the Web over Wi-Fi. Say you’re in Chicago and you want to also be in Taiwan. Your robot — which has a built-in guidance system, live video streaming capabilities and is steered with the arrow keys on your computer’s keyboard — can act as a stand-in.

 

Boston Dynamics robotics companies
Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics

Industry: Military, Software

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

What it does: Boston Dynamics makes a host of different robots that have human- and animal-like dexterity. A few examples: There’s SpotMini, “a nimble robot that handles objects, climbs stairs, and will operate in offices, homes and outdoors”;  Atlas, a “dynamic humanoid” that “uses balance and whole-body skills to achieve two-handed mobile manipulation”; and WildCat, a speedy quadruped that “uses a galloping gait much like a dog or horse and leans into turns in order to maintain traction and balance.”

 

Sarcos robotics companies
Sarcos

Sarcos

Industry: Aerospace, Energy, Hardware

Location: Seattle, Washington

What it does: Sarcos builds three different kinds of robots that perform vastly different functions. Used to explore storage tanks, vehicles and other things while transmitting data, the Guardian™ S robot is operable from long distances, can tackle tough terrain like stairs and also snakes through pipes. The The Guardian™ GT is made for such disparate tasks as heavy lifting and welding. It also has first-responder, logistics and humanitarian applications. The Guardian™ XO® is “a powered, untethered, industrial exoskeleton suit that improves human strength and endurance without restricting the operator’s freedom of movement.”

 

Barrett Technology robotics companies
Barrett Technology

Barrett Technology

Industry: Industrial, Healthcare

Location: Newton, Massachusetts

What it does: Barrett makes articulated arms and hands — what it calls “advanced robotic manipulators” — for a variety of applications. The WAM® Arm mimics “human-like grace and dexterity.” The company’s BH8-series BarrettHand™ can grasp an array of different objects. And Burt® is designed for upper-extremity rehabilitation training and robotics research.

 

Bluefin Robotics robotics companies
Bluefin Robotics

Bluefin Robotics

Industry: Automotive, Marine tech

Location: Quincy, Massachusetts

What it does: A division of General Dynamics, Bluefin makes Unmanned and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (UUV / AUV) for clients in the defense, commercial and scientific sectors. Offerings include more than 70 different sensors on 100+ vehicles.

 

Applied Aeronautics robotics companies
Applied Aeronautics

Applied Aeronautics

Industry: Agriculture, Defense, Artificial Intelligence

Location: Austin, Texas

What it does: Applied Aeronautics makes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Its main product, the electric fixed-wing Albatross, is used in a variety of sectors ranging from agriculture and research to disaster management and defense.

 

Petronics robotics companies
Petronics

Petronics

Industry: Pets

Location: Chicago, Illinois

What it does: Petronics makes an automated cat toy called Mousr. With its interchangeable tails, the robot mouse can be made to seem different every time your cat chases it around. And it’s entirely controllable via your Android or iOS smartphone app.

 

AMP Robotics
AMP Robotics

AMP Robotics

Industry: Cleantech

Location: Denver, Colorado

What it does: AMP (Autonomous Manipulation and Perception) makes a robotic system it calls Cortex, which can be used in a variety of environments (mixed waste, construction/demolition, etc.) and is programmed via Neuron artificial intelligence to quickly and efficiently pluck recyclable materials off a conveyor belt. Ideal end goals are “higher throughput, increased commodity revenue, better bale quality, and a fixed labor rate over time.”

 

Left Hand Robotics
Left Hand Robotics

Left Hand Robotics

Industry: Industrial

Location: Longmont, Colorado

What it does: Newly available, Left Hand’s commercial-grade robots are designed for outdoor tasks, particularly snow removal via use of the company’s self-driving SnowBot Pro. Remotely controlled online, it uses GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope technologies to navigate on a pre-programmed path. SnowBot is also equipped with sensors for obstacle avoidance and records real-time data about its current status and environment.

 

Modular Robotics
Modular Robotics

Modular Robotics

Industry: Education

Location: Boulder, Colorado

What it does: Modular makes snap-together Cubelets blocks and the MOSS robot construction system to spur “computational thinking” and help make kids better problem solvers in interconnected environments through play-based learning. According to the company, “Students can design and redesign robot constructions with ease, using the robot blocks to model real-world behaviors.”

 

dronesense robotics companies
Dronesense

DroneSense

Industry: Public Safety, Software

Location: Austin, Texas

What it does: DroneSense makes drones for public safety applications, particularly those involving firefighters and police, that can be deployed as first responders to survey fire or crime scenes and provide important data before humans arrive in order to “expand situational awareness.”

 

Embodied robotics companies
Embodied

Embodied

Industry: Robotics

Location: Pasadena, California

What it does: Embodied makes technologically advanced “companion” robots that exhibit human-like care and compassion to enhance individual wellness and quality of life.

 

Honeybee Robotics
Honeybee Robotics

Honeybee Robotics

Industry: Academia, Defense, Aerospace

Location: Brooklyn, New York

What it does: HoneyBee Robotics' technology has been used in multiple NASA space missions (Mars visits included) since1983. It’s also a big player in the defense, mining and oil and gas industries, making intelligent excavation systems and autonomous drills and sampling systems, among other innovations. On the medical front, the company’s products include a neurosurgery robot and a robotic endoscopic laser scalpel.

 

Energid Technologies robotics companies
Energid Technologies

Energid Technologies

Industry: Industrial, Agriculture, Healthcare

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

What it does: Energid’s Actin SDK software enables advanced real-time motion control for industrial and consumer robotics applications in industries where getting to market quickly is paramount.

 

Harvest Automation robotics companies
Harvest Automation

Harvest Automation

Industry: Agriculture

Location: Billerica, Massachusetts

What it does: According to Harvest, its HV-100 model was the world’s “first fully autonomous robot that works alongside people in unmodified industrial environments.” Today, more than 30 of them serve major agricultural players across the U.S. to help increase productivity, efficiency and plant quality. Harvest’s robots lesson the load when it comes to manual labor so their human counterparts can focus on other facets of the growing process.

 

Intuitive Surgical robotics companies
Intuitive Surgical

Intuitive Surgical

Industry: Healthcare

Location: Sunnyvale, California

What it does: Intuitive’s robots are used for minimally invasive surgery. Equipped with advanced vision technologies, energy systems, stapling and instruments, the continually upgraded da Vinci platform has been used for millions of surgeries since the late 1990s. The newer Ion™ is used for minimally invasive peripheral lung biopsies.

 

iRobot robotics companies
iRobot

iRobot

Industry: Robotics

Location: Bedford, Massachusetts

What it does: Founded in 1990, iRobot makes a variety of smart vacuuming, floor-scrubbing and mopping devices, including the Roomba, Braava, Mira and Create. It’s also involved in providing STEM education for kids.

 

Myomo robotics companies
Myomo

Myomo

Industry: Healthcare

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

What it does: Myomo’s powered brace MyoPro is designed to assist those who’ve experienced paralysis or weakening in their hands and arms due to a variety of conditions. The device reads nerve signals from the skin’s surface, then activates small motors that facilitate natural arm and hand movements.

 

Rethink Robotics
Rethink Robotics

Rethink Robotics

Industry: Automotive, Industrial

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

What it does: Rethink’s collaborative robots (“cobots”) perform an array of functions for several industries. They include: “pick-and-place,” the process of moving parts to and from various locations; co-packaging and end-of-line packaging; CNC machine tending; plastic injection and blow molding and more. The company’s end goal is to help companies “achieve greater productivity, solve for labor shortages and improve quality.”

 

Vecna Robotics
Vecna Robotics

Vecna Robotics

Industry: Logistics

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

What it does: Used in manufacturing, warehousing and fulfillment, Vecna’s autonomous robots transport, lift and convey all types of materials in human-centric environments. They move materials between production cells on the plant floor or warehouse. They help warehouse and distribution operators move products quickly with minimal handling. The company also claims its platforms “dramatically increase cart pick rates by optimizing picks and automating horizontal transport, significantly reducing walking distances.”

 

Willow Garage robotics companies
Willow Garage

Willow Garage

Industry: Robotics

Location: Palo Alto, California

What it does: A creator of robotics software and hardware, Willow's mission is "to help advance the state-of-the-art in autonomous robotics technologies." Its robots include the PR2 for research and innovation, the service-oriented TurtleBot (it can even bring you food!) and the Texai "remote presence system" through which you can be virtually present in Italy while sitting in New York.

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