Robots have been around for years, long before you were born. And it’s only common sense that robotics companies that develop (create) this robots have also been around for years.
Robotics companies come and go, technology advances day by day; in the same vein robots come and go, while robotic technology advances.
Robotics is a huge industry, there are different kind of robots being developed by different kind of robotics companies; from industrial robots to domestic robots.
Today, there are hundreds of Robotics Startups Companies and Publicly Traded Robotics companies, all of which are dealing different trades in robotics.
Because Robotics is a huge industry with companies specializing on different aspect of robotics, It will be extremely difficult to list the Top Robotic Companies.
There are many reasons why people want to know the Top Companies in an industry. Three of the common reasons are; they want to invest in them, work in them or they just want to know for knowledge sack.
With all these in mind, here are over 30 Innovative Robotics Companies:
iRobot designs and builds robots that empower people to do more. The company’s home robots help people find smarter ways to clean and accomplish more in their daily lives. iRobot’s portfolio of solutions features proprietary technologies for the connected home and advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence.
iRobot was founded in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists with the vision of making practical robots a reality. iRobot’s home robots are revolutionizing the way people clean – inside and out. More than 15 million home robots have been sold worldwide. The award-winning iRobot Roomba® Vacuum Cleaning Robot is leading the charge. Roomba made practical robots a reality for the first time and showed the world that robots are here to stay. iRobot’s acclaimed line of home robots also includes the iRobot Scooba® Floor Scrubbing Robot, the iRobot Braava™ Floor Mopping Robot, the iRobot Mirra™ Pool Cleaning Robot and the iRobot Looj® Gutter Cleaning Robot.
In 2015, iRobot generated $617 million in revenue and employed more than 600 of the robot industry’s top professionals, including mechanical, electrical and software engineers and related support staff.
iRobot stock trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the ticker symbol IRBT.
iRobot’s corporate headquarters are located in Bedford, Mass. The company also has offices in California, the United Kingdom, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
2. Rethink Robotics
Rethink Robotics helps manufacturers meet the challenges of an agile economy with an integrated workforce, combining trainable, safe and cost-effective robots with skilled labor. Its Baxter robot, driven by Intera, an advanced software platform, gives world-class manufacturers and distributors in automotive, plastics, consumer goods, electronics and more, a workforce multiplier that optimizes labor. With Rethink Robotics, manufacturers increase flexibility, lower costs and can invest in skilled labor—all advantages in fueling continuous innovation and sustainable competitive advantage.
Committed to accelerating robotics innovation in manufacturing and beyond, Rethink Robotics’ Baxter Research Robot gives academic and corporate research environments a humanoid robot platform with integrated sensors and an open software development kit for creating custom applications.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the company is funded by Bezos Expeditions, Charles River Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, Sigma Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Two Sigma Ventures.
3. Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics is an engineering company that specializes in building dynamic robots and software for human simulation. The company began as a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where National Academy of Engineering member Marc Raibert and his colleagues first developed robots that ran and maneuvered like animals.
Organizations worldwide, from DARPA, the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps to Sony Corporation turn to Boston Dynamics for advice and for help creating the most advanced robots on Earth.
In addition, Boston Dynamics is the home of DI-Guy, real-time Human Simulation, and Artificial Intelligence software, the leading solution in the VizSim market.
4. Intuitive Surgical
Intuitive Surgical is a developer of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques and tools. The Company’s da VinciÂ® Surgical System offers surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort for the optimal performance of MIS. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even complex procedures such as open-heart surgery through 1-2 cm incisions.
5. Amazon Robotics
Amazon Robotics was founded in 2003 on the notion that in order to meet consumer demands in eCommerce, a better approach to order fulfillment solutions was necessary. Today, the company is revolutionizing Amazon’s operations across the globe. As Amazon’s largest east coast research and development organization, Amazon Robotics is growing faster than at any time in the company’s history, increasing in size and expanding our technology charter.
6. Hanson Robotics
Hanson Robotics is an AI and robotics company dedicated to creating socially intelligent machines that enrich the quality of our lives. Founded by David Hanson, Ph.D., the Hanson team has built a worldwide reputation for creating robots that look and act genuinely alive, including renowned robot character Sophia the Robot. Our innovations in AI research and development, robotics engineering, experiential design, storytelling and material science bring robots to life as engaging characters, useful products, and as evolving AI.
Their robots will serve as AI platforms for research, education, medical and healthcare, sales and service, and entertainment applications, and will evolve to become benevolent, super-intelligent living machines who advance civilization and achieve ever-greater good for all.
7. Harvest Automation
Harvest Automation is a material handling company that provides robots to resolve manual labor problems across multiple industries.
Harvest was founded by a seasoned technology executive and a trio of robotics experts. The Company now comprises a diverse, commited team with expertise in sales and marketing, engineering (software, hardware, electrical, mechanical), project management, and business operations.
8. Vecna Robotics
Vecna Robotics offers Automated Material Handling, Hybrid Fulfillment, and Workflow Optimization solutions.
The company’s objective is to revolutionize customer productivity by delivering the best automation technologies. By placing workflows over robots, we ensure that all parts and players complement each other perfectly. That is a futuristic vision that puts fact over fiction.
9. Epson Robots
EPSON Robots first came to the North and South American market back in 1984 as the EPSON Factory Automation group began to share it’s expertise in high precision small parts assembly with other manufacturers on a worldwide basis. Originally created to support internal automation needs, EPSON Robots quickly became popular in many of the top manufacturing sites throughout the world. Over the past 32 years EPSON Robots has been leading the industry for small parts assembly applications and has introduced many industry firsts including PC based controls, compact SCARA robots, and much more. Their focus is to build robots and automation products to help benefit the global manufacturing strategies put in place by many of the top worldwide manufacturers. EPSON Robots are now busy at work in thousands of manufacturing facilities throughout the world.
10. Piaggio Fast Forward
Piaggio Fast Forward is a new technology and design company that was established in 2015 by the Piaggio Group, the manufacturers of Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Derbi and Gilera. PFF was established with an open mandate to re-think smart mobility platforms in a world where city navigation and short-distance transportation are rapidly changing. We’re a highly creative, motivated, interdisciplinary team of innovators committed to building lightweight, semi-autonomous and entirely self driving mobility platforms that easily, safely and efficiently move people and goods in urban settings.
11. UBTECH Robotics
UBTech Robotics designs, manufactures, and sells humanoid robots. It offers Alpha 1 Pro, a humanoid robot for entertainment and education, Jimu Robot, an interactive robotic building block system that lets kids build robots, Cruzr, a cloud-based intelligent humanoid robot that provides service applications for industries and domestic environments, and Lynx, a robot with Amazon Alexa feautures.
UBTech serves customers through dealers in Germany, the United States, India, Norway, France, Italy, and other countries. Jian Zhou founded UBTech in 2012, with its headquarters in Shenzhen in China and an additional office in Los Angeles in California.
12. Universal Robots
Universal Robotics develops and sells industrial robots that automate and streamline, monotonous, and mundane industrial processes. They enable the production department to assign their staff to jobs they enjoy; jobs that provide them with a challenge and add value to the company.
The idea of creating a light and inexpensive robot, that is easy to install and programme arose in 2003. Kristian Kassow was working on an analysis of the requirements for robots in the food industry. Meanwhile, Esben Østergaard and Kasper Støy were working on a PhD project about the market for robots. Together, they discovered that the robotics market is characterised by heavy, expensive, and unwieldy robots. Based on their experience, they decided, with help from investor Syddansk Innovation, to establish Universal Robots with the intention of making robot technology available to all. In 2008, the Danish state investment fund saw the potential in the company and,together with Syddansk Innovation and the company’s management, they invested DKK 10 million in the business.
13. Energid Technologies
Energid Technologies provides software, products, and support to solve the most difficult robotics problems. Energid’s robotics software simulates and controls kinematics and dynamics for all types of robotics applications, and their 3D machine vision software supports autonomy. Whether your challenge is in the field of medicine, agriculture, space-based systems, defense, or manufacturing, together they can solve it.
Waymo stands for a new way forward in mobility. it is a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.
Waymo improves transportation by building software and sensor technology developed in Google’s labs since 2009. In October 2015, they achieved the world’s first fully self-driving trip on public roads, in a car without a steering wheel or pedals. They refine Waymo technology through one billion miles of simulation testing each year, and the cars have self-driven over two million miles on public roads across four U.S. cities.
It was founded in 2009 and is located in Mountain View, California.
GreyOrange is a global company that modernizes order fulfillment through Artificial Intelligence-driven software and mobile robots built together so they cooperate in deciding on and executing warehouse activities that maximize payoffs and minimize tradeoffs to create the highest yield. The company’s always-solving fulfillment operating system GreyMatter considers predictive and real time data regarding orders, promises, inventory, shipping windows, and resources to orchestrate how workers and robots work together to fulfill the right orders at the right time. GreyOrange experts help organizations master fulfillment in the Age of Immediacy so they keep promises, capture more revenue, and improve the work experience for warehouse employees. GreyOrange has core operations in the United States, Singapore, Germany, Japan and India.
16. Diligent Robotics
Diligent Robotics develops technically advanced robots with mobile manipulation, social intelligence, and human-guided learning capabilities to collaborate with and adapt to humans in everyday environments.
Diligent Robotics’ service robots are designed to participate and work together with teams of humans. The company’s first product, Moxi, is a hospital robot assistant that helps clinical staff with logistical tasks, allowing them to have more time on direct patient care, improving patient satisfaction, quality of service, and safety.
Cruise is building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people with the places, things, and experiences they care about. Cruise autonomous vehicles are on the road in San Francisco navigating some of the most challenging and unpredictable driving environments, because the best way to bring self-driving technology to the world is to expose it to the same unique and complex traffic scenarios human drivers face every day.
18. SoftBank Robotics Holding Corp.
SoftBank Robotics Holding Corp. is the SoftBank Group’s intermediate holding company responsible for its robotics business. Guided by the SoftBank Group’s corporate philosophy, “Information Revolution — Happiness for everyone,” companies belonging to SoftBank Robotics Holdings develop robots and offers robot-related products and services, including “Pepper”.
19. AMP Robotics
AMP Robotics creates a scalable robotic system that reduces the cost of recycling and enables smart recycling facilities. AMP Robotics’ solution is a combination of computer vision and machine learning with robots that can identify and rapidly pick recyclable materials off a conveyor belt for market and recovery.
AMP Robotics automates the identification, sorting, and processing of material streams to extract value for material recovery facilities (MRFs) that process municipal solid waste, construction and demolition, e-waste, and auto-shredding. The company’s engineering design reduces the cost of capital investment with modular implementation easily dropping into existing facility infrastructure without costly retrofits or interruption to operations.
AMP Robotics was founded on 2015 and is headquartered in Louisville, Colorado.
20. Left Hand Robotics
Left Hand Robotics has developed the first commercial-class, self-driving snow clearing robot capable of removing snow from sidewalks and walkways. The SnowBot Pro is controlled and monitored remotely from an online management dashboard and uses GPS to follow a pre-programmed path. Its rotating brush clears a sidewalk from edge-to-edge in a single pass to meet even the highest standards.
Sarcos is a global leader in the development and production of dexterous robotic systems for use in unstructured environments. Leveraging more than 25 years of research and development, Sarcos is producing human-controlled robots to improve health, safety, and quality of life by keeping humans out of harm’s way.
22. Applied Aeronautics
Applied Aeronautics is a US based UAV manufacturer, specializing in modular, commercial grade, affordable systems. Applied Aeronautics’ flagship product, The Albatross, is a dynamic UAV platform designed for use in most industries, ranging from agriculture and research to disaster management and defense. This entirely customizable UAV is nearly silent, can fly for 4+ hours, and boasts an available payload of up to 10 lbs.
AeroVironment, Inc. designs, develops, produces and supports a portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), supplied to organizations within the United States Department of Defense (DoD), charging systems for electric vehicle batteries and power cycling and test systems supplied to commercial and government customers. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment focuses primarily on the design, development, production and support of UAS. The Efficient Energy Systems business segment focuses on the design, development, production and support of electric energy systems, which addresses the demand for clean transportation.
Raytheon is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services.
25. Locus Robotics
Locus Robotics manufactures autonomous, mobile robots to support e-commerce fulfillment operations for retailers and warehouse logistics providers. Locus’ robots work collaboratively alongside workers to dramatically improve order productivity and increase fulfillment speed and throughput 2X-3X with near-perfect order accuracy, to ensure that consumers receive their orders as quickly and accurately as possible.
26. Autonomous Solutions
Autonomous Solutions, Inc. is a world leader in vendor independent vehicle automation systems. From our headquarters and 100 acre proving ground in northern Utah, we serve clients in the mining, agriculture, automotive, government, and manufacturing industries with remote control, teleoperation, and fully automated solutions.
ASI’s vehicle automation products can be found in companies and government agencies throughout the world, including: Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Ford Motor Company, Luke Air Force Base, and the Los Angeles Police Department.
27. Bluefin Robotics
Bluefin Robotics Corporation develops, builds, and operates autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and related technologies for defense, commercial, and scientific customers worldwide.
The company offers custom batteries and AUV accessories, test fixtures, testing tanks, and specialized equipment. It also provides engineering, prototype design, testing and fielding, technology integration, platform training, and operations support services.
The company’s products are used in various commercial applications such as inshore survey, offshore survey, and search and salvage; scientific applications, including oceanography, archaeology and exploration, environmental protection and monitoring, and scientific research; and defense applications which include port and harbor security, ship hull and infrastructure inspection, mine countermeasures, unexploded ordnance, rapid environmental assessment, and anti-submarine warfare as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance needs. It serves customers in defense, commercial, and scientific markets worldwide.
Bluefin Robotics Corporation was founded in 1997 and is based in Quincy, Massachusetts. As of May 10, 2005, it operates as a subsidiary of Battelle Memorial Institute, Inc.
28. Agility Robotics
Agility Robotic’s legged locomotion expertise is built on a history of academic research, including the bipedal walking and running robot ATRIAS. Agility Robotics is leveraging this work to create products that address the real world needs of rugged, efficient, and highly capable mobility platforms.
29. Canvas Technology
CANVAS Technology is a robotics company with a mission to provide end-to-end autonomous delivery of goods. They’re creating safe and powerful autonomous technology that can power both indoor and outdoor driving.
30. Modular Robotics
Modular Robotics makes robot construction kits. By combining sensor, logic and actuator blocks, young kids can create simple reconfigurable robots that exhibit surprisingly complex behavior. Cubelets are 40mm plastic cubes with magnetic connectors, just pick them up and start building. MOSS connects using steel spheres and lets kids make robots that slither, drive, and glow. No programming necessary!
31. Adept Technology
Adept Technology, is a global, leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics systems and services. Adept systems provide unmatched performance and economic value throughout the production lifecycle, enabling customers to achieve precision, quality and productivity in their assembly, handling and packaging processes.
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