6 Rethink Robotics Private Company Competitors Building Industrial, Defense Robotic Solutions

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Industrial robotics builder Rethink Robotics raised $26.6 million in Series D funding this week. The funding round was led by GE Ventures, along with Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions, CRV, Highland Capital Partners, Sigma Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Two Sigma Ventures.

6 Rethink Robotics Competitors Building Industrial, Defense Robotic Systems

At DataFox, we compile and curate watchlists across sectors, regions, and popular lists of top companies (e.g., Robotics as a Service). We feature 7 private companies, including Rethink Robotics, building industrial and defense robotic systems:

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. Rethink Robotics' 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. 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.

Aethon offers automated hospital delivery and asset management solutions. Aethon's Automated Robotic Delivery System (ARD), can transport both scheduled and on-demand hospital deliveries between all ancillary, support and patient care units. Aethon's TUG provides a cost-effective and non-disruptive infrastructure for asset tracking, leveraging interference-free RFID technology to locate missing equipment throughout the hospital.

  • DataFox Score: 1063
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Total Funding: $21.3 million
  • Recent Funding: $3 million in January 2014
  • Investors: Mitsui & Co

Prioria Robotics is an engineering company founded in 2003 by University of Florida alumni and is dedicated to solving some of the key problems of machine perception and autonomous systems in order to improve and develop new products. Prioria produces the Maveric unmanned aircraft system, whose unique onboard collision-detection capability is powered by the Merlin embedded processing platform. Prioria also provides engineering solutions for industrial and ground robotics, medical device manufacturers, military and homeland security applications, and cutting-edge commercial products.

RE2 is a leading developer of Intelligent Modular Manipulation Systems. RE2’s goal is to advance the state of the art of mobile manipulation and develop technologies that benefit robot users in the defense, public safety, and other markets. RE2 is developing mobile manipulation systems that are stronger, more dexterous, more versatile, more intuitive, smarter, and more affordable. RE2's development efforts are focused on creating interoperable manipulation systems, intuitive human robot interfaces, and advanced autonomy software for mobile robotics.

QBotix has invented the paradigm of Solar Robotics, where autonomous, rugged and intelligent robots replace hundreds of conventional electromechanical components and reduce structural material requirements. Solar Robotics allows for the creation of fundamentally new system level architectures that reduce cost and increase performance and reliability. QBotix's first product is the Robotic Tracking System (RTS), which delivers dual-axis tracking performance at installed costs similar to single-axis. The RTS works with all existing photovoltaic modules, inverters and foundations to increase energy production and decrease installed costs, providing the lowest Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of any mounting or tracking system.

Anki is dedicated to bringing artificial intelligence and robotics into our everyday lives. Anki's first product, Anki DRIVE, was named one of "The 25 Best Inventions of 2013" by TIME Magazine. Anki DRIVE is battle racing for the real world. With advanced artificial intelligence, each car thinks for itself and has one goal in mind: victory.

Knightscope is developing technology that will predict and prevent crime utilizing autonomous robots, predictive analytics and social engagement. Knightscope's Autonomous Data Machines gather real-time on-site data and combine it with existing large data sets as well as relevant social network feeds, allowing for a breakthrough ability to map the future in a given environment. Knightscope's self-driving robots will help society build safer, engaged communities while reducing costs and crime.

  • DataFox Score: 951
  • Location: Mountain View, CA
  • Total Funding: $5.23 million
  • Recent Funding: $3.7 million in December 2014
  • Investors: NTT DOCOMO Ventures; SeedInvest