This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best Robotics startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Robotics industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
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Top Robotics Startups
FootPrint Coalition is a media and investment group using robotics and nanotechnology to clean up the planet. It combines high impact media with early-stage and opportunistic growth stage investments.
Their goal is to scale the adoption of technologies to restore our environment. Additionally directs grants and attention to world-changing environmental nonprofit strategies it discovers through its research.
It was launch by actor Robert Downey Jr.. .
Zadar Labs is developing next generation imaging radar platforms. Our vision is to empower perception systems with compact, high performance, and low-cost imaging radar.
We don’t just build black boxes, we collaborate with our partners to build the optimal solution for their application. We see a future where every system that perceives the world, does so better with a Zadar radar..
Energy Robotics has launched one of the first commercially available software platforms for industrial applications that combines three essential components of intelligent control of mobile autonomous robots: a hardware-independent robot operating system, cloud-based fleet management, and AI-powered data analysis. The robots are used for remote inspection and monitoring, especially in industries with harsh and demanding environments such as the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, but also increasingly in the energy and security industries.
The company relies on a SaaS model to do this, offering its software solution and associated IT infrastructure along with hardware from various third-party vendors.. .
Outsight develops a revolutionary kind of sensor, a 3D Semantic Camera that brings Full Situation Awareness to Smart Machines. This sensor combines software and hardware, to create sensor innovations such as remote material identification with comprehensive real-time 3D data processing.
This technology provides an unprecedented and cost efficient ability for systems to perceive, understand and ultimately interact with their surroundings in real time. Outsight believes in making a smarter and safer world by empowering cars, drones and robots with the superhuman capabilities provided by their 3D Semantic Camera.
Their international team of scientists and engineers operates out of Paris, Helsinki and San Francisco. In July 2019, the company entered a new phase with its founders joining Cédric Hutchings (co-founder of Withings) and Scott Buchter (co-founder of Lasersec) to create a new entity, Outsight, based in Paris, San Francisco and Helsinki.
This new entity aims to combine the software assets of Dibotics with a new and revolutionary 3D sensor technology.. .
Ware deploys autonomous, self-flying drones—combined with machine learning—inside warehouses to automate their inventory tracking. Designed to solve some of the $1.9 trillion warehousing industry’s most pressing issues, Ware’s product helps their customers operate more efficiently.
A partner of Skydio and funded by Bloomberg Beta, Ware works with the world’s largest 3PL’s and global brands to improve their accuracy, workflows, and save money.. .
42dot is a technology company pioneering frictionless transportation services. Central to these efforts is the development of the Urban Mobility Operating System (UMOS) a cloud-based mobility platform that will accelerate the transition to autonomous transportation-as-a-service (aTaaS) with diversified self-driving ground and airborne vehicles.
The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Seoul.. .
Rapid Robotics provides box automation for manufacturers. It’s Rapid Machine Operator (RMO) enables manufacturers to easily deploy a pre-trained cobot in just a few hours.
It performs dozens of simple machine tasks to the highest quality standards and can quickly be redeployed to new tasks. With Rapid’s robotic machine operators, one employee can supervise as many as eight machines at a time using only an iPad.
The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Heex Technologies is an early stage startup offering a cloud-based software allowing development teams in autonomous driving to better work on the 1% important situations by focusing on Smart Data management while enjoying a seamless integration and a tailor-made tool for collaboration. With an innovative workflow, we’re directly extracting and processing valuable data over-the-air, turning raw data into small packages of Smart Data, which ultimately facilitates the job of development teams working with smaller and better datasets.
We believe that in order to solve the last 1% missing to reach full autonomy for self-driving cars, development teams do not necessarily need more data, they need better data. Heex Technologies was launched in 2019 by Bruno Mendes Da Silva, Etienne Boutan, and Arnaud de La Fortelle.
Heex Technologies is headquartered in Paris, France.. .
Designhubz enables e-commerce retailers to sell their products in 3D & Augmented Reality (AR) on their websites and mobile apps. We build low-cost fully automated robotic rigs that 3D capture and digitize physical inventories with one click.
Our SaaS platform automatically integrates with our rigs to enable the captured products to be visualized in 3D & Web XR (browser-based AR). We enable immersive online shopping experiences and let retailers create highly interactive online stores.
Our solution can also be deployed for the in-store shopping.. .
Voliro Airborne Robotics
Voliro is developing advanced flying robots to perform Inspection and Maintenance tasks more safely, cost-effectively and faster than traditional methods. Voliro aims to provide innovative UAVs with unique capabilities.
We promote the concept of omnidirectional aerial vehicles, where position and orientation of the flying platform are completely independent. This ability is crucial to achieve robust and reliable interaction with the environment.
With its tiltable rotor system, Voliro expands the abilities of service drones from “fly and see” to “fly, see and touch”. The flying robot can be equipped with a variety of payloads, such as Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) sensors.
The unique 360° drone design of the platform allows inspection of curved and sloped surfaces. No other flying inspection robot boasts these capabilities..
WAKU Robotics is a supplier-independent, SaaS-enabled procurement platform for mobile robots for warehouses and production facilities. We help our end-customers to make the best robot selection through our online comparison site lotsofbots.com and our online Robot Solution Designer.
Once our customers are set-up we provide them with AI software to monitor, quantify and optimise their robot workforce.. .
aiLegal is a powerful cloud-based SaaS contract automation platform. It simplifies contract automation anytime, anywhere with seamless team collaboration.
Our users can build their own templates, workflows, and then automate them from generation, approval, e-sign, e-pay, track/search, to analysis in aiLegal. aiLegal was founded in Atlanta, United States in April 2020..
Clip Automation is a robotics and automation company that specializes in product manufacturing. The company believes that technology-enabled new product manufacturing can significantly reduce the time and effort required to launch a product anywhere in the world.
Clip Automation was founded in 2020 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.. .
Company Six is a developer of a technology that advances the awareness and protection of those who put themselves in harm’s way. The company combines advanced robotic platforms with highly-secure cloud-based technology.
CO6’s mission is to provide tools that fundamentally transform the way first responders operate in dangerous environments. Its products are based on nearly a decade of technology development and are designed to deliver an accessible, yet an advanced robotic solution that provides critical awareness..
Katif is developing a revolutionary growing system, capable of feeding the future. This innovative and patent-pending system grows locally and vertically, is clean and resource-optimized, and grows nutritious crops – all while increasing the local farmers’ bottom line.
Its climate-agnostic system produces 5-25 times more than existing farms. The system utilizes 90% less water, and also decreases electricity use (in controlled greenhouses) by 30% via pod circulation.
A robotic prototype has already demonstrated 50% automation, and the company will gradually work towards full autonomous operations – seeds in, crops out, with no farming experience required. Katif has a unique business model, designed to impact agriculture at scale: 1.
Open-source hardware: its farm design is open-source, and most components can be found or manufactured locally at unbeatable prices. 2.
Farm-as-a-Service: a recurring licensing fee for the A.I. Katif Cloud operating system.
Its cloud monitors and directs all tasks across the farm, from hydroponic pumps and artificial lighting to rover storage and human duties. Earnings are based on the additional profits made for the local farmer, as yields are considerably higher due to the stacked layout, and human labor is minimized as a result of robotic automation..
Airtonomy is focused on realizing the holistic concept of reusable aerial imagery including technical, methodological, and policy aspects. they are creating a framework for secure, remote, autonomous, multi-drone operations.
Their vision is a comprehensive solution for generalists that offers time, cost, and accuracy advantages over what expensive specialist contractors currently provide.. .
We offer early-detection-warnings for public events and public spaces. Our platform tracks illegal drones in the sky in realtime, to defend VIPs and the people in general.
Meanwhile, it tracks social distancing and human behaviour on an increasing grid of camera’s in cities and soccer stadiums, while enabling farming robots to distinguish carrots from weeds, for organic agriculture.. .
Simple Homes is a Denver-based off-site construction startup that is focused on increasing access to high-quality housing by pairing digital fabrication with Swedish-inspired off-site construction. The company works with builders and developers to design, manufacture, and assemble homes using a unique panelized construction system.
It offers a variety of panelized building systems, from the Simple Shell (framing, sheathing with integrated WRB, windows/doors pre-installed in the factory) to the Scandi-Style Closed Wall Panel system (which also includes insulation, exterior cladding, and rough-in MEP). The company is based in Denver, where it operates a 20,000sf manufacturing facility in a historic railroad maintenance building..
LoungeLAB is a Retail-tech startup that augments space with technology, using the state-of-the-art technologies such as AI and Robotics technology. LoungeLAB focuses on enhancing the product value and services, and we develop in the field rather than on the desk.
We Invent Everyday Technology for All.. .
Configuring an industrial robot can be a long and expensive procedure, which requires highly qualified engineers. Especially in the case of frequent changes in production, operational costs during the robot lifetime can rise up to 100% of initial investment.
Because of these hidden costs, complex configuration and necessity of highly qualified personnel, many companies are afraid to use robots in their production. This is especially true for SMEs.
At Native Robotics we tame the robots and give the control over them back to the end-users. We create ready-to-use apps for typical robot applications.
These apps are built for the end-user and have powerful optimization algorithms inside. As a result, the user can quickly and easily control the robot even in the case of frequent changes in production.
Moreover, our apps will automatically calculate the optimal path and dynamic load for the robot, thus reducing operational costs and prolonging robot’s life.. .
Bota Systems’ vision is to make robots feel and manipulate the physical world as easily as humans do. Bota Systems is a developer of force torque sensors, load cells, torque sensors, and robotic grippers.
It aims to contribute to the increasing demand for automation technology by providing high quality and cost effective robotic components.. .
FLX Solutions offers an inexpensive snake-like robot improving worker safety and efficiency. It offers FLX BOT, a low-cost, 3D printed snake-like robots for inspection and repair which can extend and rotate in 3-D with the ability to lock-out and brace for high-load activities on live equipment and hard-to-reach spaces.
The company was founded in 2019 and based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.. .
Zhongke Haoyin is jointly established by the Chongqing Institute of Green Intelligent Research, Hefei Branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Wuhan Haoyintong Technology Co., Ltd., focusing on the voice AI field, and is committed to providing customers with voiceprint AI solutions. At present, Zhongke Voice has independently developed a number of core technologies such as Cmfmc2.0 channel and format conversion engine, which can make the voiceprint recognition technology can be applied quickly, which is an important link for the recognition engine to connect various application scenarios.
Voiceprint recognition is different from fingerprint, iris, palm vein pattern and other close-range recognition. The main application scene of voiceprint recognition is remote recognition.
We are a robotics startup company aspiring to solve maritime challenges using robotics. We offer automated and cost-efficient solutions for cleaning, inspection, and monitoring with an aim to make the workplace safer and more efficient.
We want to be a credible link between the maritime industry and automation. We are backed by Brains Behind LLC.
Kraken Robotic Systems
Kraken Robotics Inc. is a marine technology company engaged in the design, development and marketing of advanced sensors, software and underwater robotics for Unmanned Maritime Vehicles used in military and commercial applications.
They are recognized as world leading innovators of synthetic aperture sonar (SAS), a revolutionary underwater imaging technology that dramatically improves seabed surveys by providing ultra-high resolution imagery at superior coverage rates. Kraken has evolved from building world class SAS sensors to building world class underwater vehicles including tethered (KATFISH™) and autonomous (THUNDERFISH™) versions..
Leorix is a data streaming platform that enables consumer’s data movement to happen in real-time among different services with different message patterns in multi-cloud or on-premises environment. Its unique self-learning algorithms enable the pace of reading, write, exchange, or stream more than a billion events per second across applications, devices, and data lakes that grants the scalability and proactive capabilities to all data-driven businesses.
Srijeyanthan and Thanansan Kuganesan founded it in 2019, with its general headquarters located in Singapore, Central Region, Singapore.. .
The company’s first product is Sixto, the sixth robotic finger, a wearable grasping technology that can enhance hand ability and support everyday live activities. As a wearable light manipulator with a single degree of freedom, Sixto can create a hybrid grasping between the body and the robotic finger.
This way, the device can perform different functionalities, as augmenting the grasping ability of the hand, adding an intelligent holding point on body, becoming a wearable tool by a personalization of the ending module of the finger, or extending the grip away from the hand in potentials dangerous environments.. .
SailPlan is a maritime technology company building an intelligent navigation platform for ships that enables ship operators to increase safety, reduce operational costs, and increase schedule integrity. Today, ships navigate much the same way that they did 400 years ago – with our eyes and ears.
SailPlan is different. SailPlan is a navigation platform designed for the future with a digital twin, advanced routing, long-range collision avoidance, geographic-awareness, predictive analytics, and much more..
Unicast Robotics Inc. provides service robots with various hardware and software for a subscription base to assist customer service.
100+ customers worked with their solutions to reduce cost, collect data, and get more engagement in customer service. At the same time, they are creating an ecosystem with their technology partners and resellers to develop the service robot industry.
Unicast Robotics Inc. is a robotics company launched this year to expand the business of the parent company, Unicast Inc., to a global scale.
They believe that humans and robots can create a better future together.. .
Endiatx is a medical device manufacturing company that specializes in developing a series of pill-sized robots to perform remote diagnosis. Its unique propulsion system which allows our pill robots to actively navigate the entire length of the GI tract is approximately 30 minutes with real-time video control.
It was founded in 2019 and headquartered in Redwood City, California.. .
Teleo specializes in converting existing fleet into remote-controlled robots. It enables operators to control machines from miles away, instantly switching between machines and across job sites.
Teleo increases the operator’s productivity, enhances crew safety, and features advanced Jobsite insights.. .
MightyFly is enabling worldwide access to goods with fast, on-demand delivery services for businesses and consumers. We’re putting the infrastructure in place to connect remote locations together with long range, heavy cargo aircraft.
Many areas in the world today suffer from an inability to obtain critical and often urgently needed goods and supplies at an affordable cost. Our goal at MightyFly is to solve this problem through express, customized aerial drone delivery services.
MightyFly drones will transport cargo to multiple locations in a single flight across hundreds of miles of remote terrain that is difficult if not impossible to cross with trucks or other ground vehicles. We are developing vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) drones that fly more than 300 miles, and carry payloads in excess of 50 pounds at a fraction of the cost of helicopters.
Featuring automated cargo loading and unloading, and requiring no launch or recovery infrastructure, MightyFly drones will accommodate ad-hoc deliveries to undeveloped sites as well as servicing locations along established routes.. .
Kitchen Robotics™ specializes in the development of robotic dark kitchens solutions, also known as ghost or cloud kitchens. Our vision is to reshape the way restaurants design, prepare, manage and deliver dishes in multiple cuisines.
The company was founded by a group of experienced entrepreneurs from various fields and disciplines who joined forces to achieve this unique challenge. Our suite consists of our hardware robotic product Beastro™, supported by our Dark Kitchen OS, Cuismo™..
Augmentus offers the leading full-stack code-free robotic automation platform that enables anyone, even those with no robotic experience, to develop robotic systems. Our proprietary solution uses mixed reality to enable code-free industrial and collaborative robot programming while retaining the robust features of traditional offline programming softwares.
Our clients have used the Augmentus Platform to deploy fast and low-cost robot path planning and AI machine vision based dynamic automation. We have partnerships with the world’s leading robot manufacturers and automation providers to empower manufacturers to recoup ROI faster by lowering time, cost and skill barriers in robotic automation.
Augmentus ushers in a new era of human-machine interface, enabling 10X faster system deployments and saving thousands of automation cost within weeks of integration.. .
PixMoving started at an autonomous driving company using universal modular chassis to provide different autonomous-driving delivery applications. Mainly focus on autonomous-driving retail, autonomous-driving vending, autonomous-driving coffee-shop, autonomous-driving roman restaurant, etc.
To PixMoving create a movement to space is essential rather than merely saving drivers from the vehicles. Now, PIX CITY a greater approach to modern world where increasing burdens have been carried by each individual and groups for decades.
Such burdens are traffic, pollution, housing prices, education, health, and etc… Nonetheless, the growth of grain from city are no longer boosting economy event in China, where the contribution of numerical newly developed towns and cities are gradually fading from their yearly GDP report.
PIX now is creating a new era of City where spaces not only moving autonomously on the ground, instead spaces is the city itself. It moves, grows, and creates.
various applications can be built inside different spaces which can move to designated location, grow on other spaces, and create community, town or city.. .
xRobotics has created an affordable pizza-making robot for the pizza restaurant industry. We have solved many of the most complex mechanical challenges and have created unique patented robotic solutions.
Our team are professionals in robotics and industry leaders, who have worked for Tesla, General Electric, SpaceX, and Boeing, and who are the winners of many robotics competitions. Automation and robots right now have a special role in warehouses and manufacturing processes, participating in almost 90% of all processes.
Robotics have brought many benefits to these industries, and our mission is to bring the latest technology to the pizza restaurant industry and increase the levels of automation there. We came together to bring the latest unique technologies to the pizza restaurant industry and to make a more delicious, high-quality pizza that we really love..
AirSelfie is a technology company that operates in the photography sector and realizes aerial cameras that allow and enhance the photography experiences of its users. The company’s unique vision has developed a tech & lifestyle brand new market category that never existed before: the one of the personal aerial digital cameras.
The original inspiration came from the real need of smartphone users of having the possibility of taking photos in brand new ways, as they continuously search for novelties and the aerial photos are an evolutionary step in shooting. The desire for the flying objects is something innate in the human soul and it’s becoming now an explicit and real need once the consumers could find the portable aerial cameras on the market.
These pocket sized devices offer a completely new experience to smartphone users and professional photographers. In tiny dimensions AirSelfie cameras permit to take anywhere and anytime photographs from a completely new perspective without the need of anything else than the smartphone.
Its creation came from the analysis of the consumption habits of the smartphone users. The aerial camera makes even more people engaged in these social communications by let them share photos taken in a brand new way and this was something not possible since now with the existing devices.
The expert know-how in AI and software development of AirSelfie is constantly working on the evolution of new pocket devices that could satisfy all the user needs. AirSelfie has signed important partnerships both in terms of product development and App improvement to guarantee the best possible UX and UI.
An in depth analysis of cognitive algorithms and their applications in specific activities is already providing unique and important results to extend and widen the actual supply on the market and present brand new branch lines. AirSelfie’s team of world experts in engineering and design is now working together with the “Enterprises Factory” e-Novia to do an intensive product research and is exploiting the distinctive e-Novia’s skills in Predictive Control, sensing, reasoning, acting and Artificial Perception to realize new functions and features of the AirSelfie cameras and explore new interaction and opportunities in the consumer electronics sector.
Atom Limbs is building the future of Human Body 2.0, starting with the world’s first mind-controlled artificial arm. Atom has built the technology and services to bring artificial limbs first to those who need it most, beginning with amputees & quadriplegics.
Atom’s initial product — the Atom Touch — is built on prototypes R&D’d at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, funded $120M by DARPA.. .
Airio is focused on next-generation automated path search and optimization for commercial robots and drones. Our revolutionary, patent-pending system automatically generates safe, secure, and precise pathways for multiple vehicles operating in a shared space.
Our solution enables more vehicles to operate without conflict. Arrive faster, extend range, or optimize ideal pathways for a wide-variety of operational objectives..