Top 10 Robotics Companies to Watch in 2017
1. Momentum Machines
Headquarters : San Francisco, CA
Founders : Alexandros Vardakostas, Steven Frerian
Founded : 2009
Momentum Machines is blending robotics with food preparation. They already have a machine that can custom grill gourmet burgers and add an array of toppings, seasonings, and sauces. They have robotics experts from places like NASA and Tesla on their team, and together they ‘ Re contrast with the face of culinary automation.
In combination with AI technology that is being used in fast food restaurants in China to assist users in ordering using other recognition, this could completely disrupt the food service industry.
2. Starsky Robotics
Headquarters : San Francisco, California
Founders : Kartik Tiwino
Founded : February 1, 2016
“According to a major thought leader in the space ‘this is a very very good idea. If you play this right, you can have 5 years before anyone else can catch up with you.’ Sport, we’re rich stealth right now, But are happy to disclose more information in person. ”
Even though they are highly stealth, Starsky’s Angel profile does give us a bit of insight. They are designing robots to automate vehicles which, of course, have major disruption potential.
Headquarters : Boston, MA
Founders : Anatoli Gorchetchnikov, Massimiliano Versace, Heather Amates
Founded : January 30, 2006
Neurala makes smart, deep learning machine “brains” for products and services including drones, cars, interactive toys, and more. Can be used singularly or networked in the cloud, can be used anywhere, and learns quickly with pre-training customization. The brain design is based on research the company conducted for NASA and the USAF Research Labs.
Headquarters: Webster, Texas
Founders: Michael D. Johnson, Jeffrey Manber, Charles Miller
NanoRacks is making space research open to everyone and provides everything you need to help get your research underway on the ISS. They support researchers, educational users, and governments using their highly disruptive space technologies to offer this as a service.
It’s not just the ISS they cover, they offer low Earth and deep space opportunities for research as well.
5. Open Bionics
Headquarters: Bristol, Bristol, City of
Founders: Samantha Payne, Joel Gibbard
Open Bionics makes prosthetics that kids can be excited about including a whole new generation of bionic hands.
They have a glowing “Jedi” Star Wars hand, and Iron Man hand, and a frozen hand, to name a few. Check these out:
They are making bionic hands affordable for amputees and hobbyists worldwide. They’re an award winning startup with a dozen awards to their name and have been featured in various major publications.
Headquarters: New York, New York
Founders: Andy Ellwood, Angelo Bruno, Sonny Caberwal
Bond makes the world of handwritten notes scalable using robotics. You type your message, the Bond robot writes it on customizable stationery. Of course, this technology may cause a handwritten note to lose value to consumers, but for now—no one can tell the difference. And, no matter what, it’s always going to have a special something missing with plain type. They start out at about $5 per recipient.
Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts
Founders: Jeri Asher, Cynthia Breazeal
Jibo is a social, interactive robot. Jibo learns faces and voices of family and friends, can take photos, send messages, tell immersive bedtime stories to the kids, and more. He’s backed by a community who is always teaching him more. The Wall Street Journal said Jibo was “…Tech that will change your life.”
Jibo is still in pre-order, but any company bringing robotics into the daily lives of consumers should be on your watchlist for 2017.
Pillo is a consumer-level family health robot. He can dispense vitamins and medications and even order refills. Pillo uses facial and voice recognition to get to know your family, answer health questions, connect with doctors via telemedicine, and sync with smart devices. Pillo is like having a doctor with a friendly face in your home to help you and your family with their wellbeing. Although they’re fully funded, you can still order a Pillo on IndieGoGo.
Headquarters: Taipei, T’ai-pei
Robelf is another IndieGoGo funded project of the household robot variety. Robelf has multiple cameras attached to patrol your home as a functional security system. But Robelf is much more than a security system in that Robelf can “can talk, tell stories, take voice commands, teach lessons, make phone calls, even tell jokes!” As home robots become more commonplace, companies who offer these in production have great capacity for growth in coming years. Robelf is due out in July 2017, so there’s still time to order one on IndieGoGo.
Headquarters : Oakland, California
Founders : Matt Oehrlein, Gui Cavalcanti, Brinkley Warren
Founded : 2014
There is no way to discuss robotics companies to watch without mentioning the Giant Fighting Robot League!
15 foot, 15,000 pound robots for football stadium sized battles The