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Top Robotics Companies

Top Robotics Companies

Robotics is driving automation across industries in 2023, amplifying productivity and enhancing precision. It continues to revolutionize healthcare, aid in disaster response, and expand our exploration frontiers. Robotics today is shaping a safer, more efficient, and technologically advanced world.

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Robotics in the 21st Century

Over the last century, the robotics industry has transformed our society; yet, robotics work isn’t mainstream and most robotics companies aren’t household names.

Robotics refers to the merging of computer science and different fields within engineering to create and use utilitarian robots. And, robotics companies have typically sold B2B products, up until recent years. Most operate in the background of businesses where consumers and customers don’t see their use. For example, in 1961 Ford began using robots on their assembly floors to speed up construction of vehicles, reach places that human arms couldn’t fit and get exact, error-free measurements. Nowadays, robots are making their way onto the frontlines of several industries, not just automobile manufacturing.

The robotics industry has accelerated dramatically in the last decade to make its way into the consumer devices and home goods spaces. Leading tech companies like Amazon, Apple and Google have voice-recognition devices that act as assistants inside your home. They play music, read the news, report the weather, answer questions, among other mundane tasks. Even with voice-recognition devices, society has seen a massive transformation and innovation in a short amount of time.

Robotics companies are changing the way we manufacture products, deliver goods, and live our lives. Some well-known and even publicly traded robotics companies include SoftBank (SFTBY), iRobot, Amazon and Stryker.

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SoftBank Robotics’s acquisition of Boston Dynamics in 2017 from Google set off a flurry of innovations and viral videos depicting robots acting, moving and even dancing shockingly similar to humans. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based robotics company was sold for more than $1 billion in late 2020 to Hyundai to build out their robotics division. Despite its sale to Hyundai, SoftBank still maintains its spot among the top robotics companies in the world with a heavy presence and investing arm in the industry.

Founded in 1990, Boston-headquartered iRobot invented the robot vacuum with which you may be familiar – Roomba. iRobot has leaped to the top of their class thanks to pop culture appearances in Hollywood movies and shows, such as Parks and Recreation. Their focus is on in-home robots to help with cleaning, dusting and other household chores.

Beyond in-home voice-recognition devices, Amazon’s use of robotics extends to their warehouses and in the future, to the skies. Currently, Amazon warehouses utilize robots to organize, transport and package products in a timely, inexpensive way. In now-viral videos, thousands of package-carrying robots zip around warehouses miraculously without running into each other. Soon, Amazon wants FAA approval for drones to deliver packages even faster to their customers than their current two-day response time. By building hundreds of fulfillment centers around the country, Amazon has made their distribution points as close as possible to each customer’s home. Therefore, allowing autonomous drones and other delivery vehicles to make quick deliveries.

But there’s more to the robotics industry than foreign and Silicon Valley giants. Discover the companies making a name for themselves in the Unvalley below.

Robotics Companies That are Hiring

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Modular Robotics
Boulder - Modular Robotics makes robot construction kits made of modular magnetic blocks that can be assembled to create small self-powered robots. They combine sensors, logic, and actuator blocks that 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. It was founded in 2008 and is based in Boulder, Colorado.
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Parallel
Culver City - Parallel Systems designs an autonomous, zero-emissions freight transportation system. The company believes the future of freight transportation should be fast, inexpensive, and clean, while also reducing congestion on the highways. Parallel Systems was founded in 2020 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
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TMRW Life Sciences
New York - TMRW is a life sciences technology company setting new standards for transparency, safety, and accountability in IVF and cell management. TMRW's platform, the world's first automated cryo-management for eggs and embryos, provides a complete digital chain of custody fully integrated with a robotic storage and monitoring solution. This is in contrast to the manual and analog methods that have gone unchanged throughout the history of IVF. With TMRW's platform, clinics significantly reduce the chances of potentially devastating errors. The TMRW team includes celebrated innovators in fertility, embryology, cryo-management, automation, software development, and robotics. TMRW is founded by Joshua Abram, Alan Murray, and Dr. Jeffrey Port in 2018 and is based in New York, New York.
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Takeoff Technologies
Waltham - Takeoff is helping grocers thrive in e-Commerce. Its automated grocery fulfillment solution was created by grocers, for grocers. It is the only eGrocery model that helps grocers not only embrace eGroceries, but thrive in an online grocery market. Together, it can lower users' last-mile and assembly costs, giving them the flexibility that they need to grow with their customers. The time is ripe for e-Groceries!
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Medrobotics
Raynham - Medrobotics is a medical robotics company developing and commercializing the Flex Robotic System. It manufactures and markets the Flex Robotic System, the first robotic surgical platform with a steerable and shapeable robotic scope. Its platform offers surgeons the unique ability to navigate complex anatomy through a single, small entry point while operating in hard-to-reach anatomical locations that might otherwise be inaccessible with straight, rigid surgical tools.
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Neurala
Boston - Neurala is the company behind The Neurala Brain—deep learning neural network software that makes smart products like cameras, robots, drones, toys and self-driving cars more autonomous and useful. Unlike traditional AI companies, which designed for super computers connected to the Internet, our first project was for NASA to be used for autonomous planetary exploration. Super computers were not available. Battery life was limited. Fast internet access was impossible. Our deep learning neural networks had to be lightweight and perform in real-time without ground intervention. With our constraints, we modeled the Neurala Brain on animal brains because animal brains are highly efficient “computers” that do more in less space and with less power consumption than the computers we use today. The brain also knows how to use eyes (cameras) and ears (microphones). This approach worked and we are now bringing The Neurala Brain to market. Our smart, fast, anywhere brain works on systems from single board computers to large servers.
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Unvalley Robotics Companies

A legacy Unvalley organization established in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Stryker has dove headfirst into the robotics industry. A medical device company, Stryker now sells Mako, a robotic-arm assisted surgical tool, to hospitals and clinics around the world. With its unique ability to make precise measurements and cuts when operating on humans, surgery can be less dangerous and more efficient. Surgeons work alongside the robots by either controlling them from a virtual simulation or partnering with the arm in the surgery room.

Stryker isn’t the only Unvalley company that has forged its way into the robotics industry to make their processes more efficient.

Expect more companies to explore the power and utility of robotics in the workplace. Although some of the biggest robotics companies reside in California and Boston, the Unvalley will certainly play a major role in attracting and retaining the computer scientists and engineers that make robotics possible and the companies that scale it.

To keep an eye on the robotics industry and its quick acceleration into our lives, check out the annual tech conference CES in Las Vegas and other events hosting the latest and greatest robotics companies. In addition, follow top robotics publications to learn about recent developments and advancements made in the industry.

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Function of Robotics in Society

As we dive into more robotics companies in the USA shifting our society, it’s important to understand the main drivers for the introduction of robots into everyday life.

First, when considering robotics’ impact on manufacturing, it’s challenging to argue against the economic and efficiency benefits that corporations see. Companies are able to construct goods much faster, much safer and at a much lower cost than in previous generations with solely human work. An added bonus – and a consequence of robotics – to these corporations is that they don’t need as many humans to operate these machines in their shops, meaning fewer jobs for workers.

Second, as pictured in comics, cartoons and movies a century ago, robots help humans by reducing strain, stress and work. For example, what was previously unknowable information, you now have access to it with a simple question asked to your Amazon Alexa sitting on the kitchen counter. Robot vacuums and other cleaning devices have reduced the need for hiring outside workers to manage homes. And, autopilot lawn mowers and snow plows keep things tidy around the house, making for a presentable appearance for the neighborhood. The benefit to home life is immeasurable.