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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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Largest Robotics Companies

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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DroneDeploy
San Francisco - DroneDeploy is a provider of cloud-control software solutions for drones which include automated flight safety checks, workflows, and real-time mapping and data processing.The company has partnered with leading drone manufacturers like DJI to provide its software to end users in a variety of industries, including agriculture, real estate, mining, construction and many other commercial and consumer arenas. DroneDeploy is compatible with any drone.
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Corvus Robotics
Boston - Advanced inventory & inspection solution for warehouse and manufacturing facilities.
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Autel Robotics
Bothell - Autel Robotics specializes in the sale of drone and aerial photography devices. Their selection of quadcopters and flying/remote control GoPro camera systems provide superior aerial imaging, filming and photography solutions.
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Realtime Robotics
Boston - Realtime Robotics is a developer of a specialized processor for generating safe robot motion plans in micro-seconds. They are transforming automation in its broadest sense by enabling machines to recognize, respond and decide how and where to move in milliseconds, even in variable environments. Their RapidPlan processor harnesses cutting-edge computer processing and software to end the trade-off between speed and safety that’s holding automation back today. Realtime Robotics is resolving these limitations with specialized hardware enabling fast, collision-free motion in unstructured environments, enabling vastly broader applications of robotics in industry, and autonomous vehicles that drive naturally, enabling more rapid adoption and proliferation.
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Sphero
Boulder - Inspiring the creators of tomorrow.
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BP3 Global
Austin - BP3 gives people faster ways to get things done. We streamline and automate the processes that drive everything from customer experience to employee productivity. It’s no secret that companies are riddled with all kinds of broken processes, but the real shocker is that many of the so-called solutions are just as broken as the process they’re trying to fix. To create more successful, lasting efficiencies, BP3 brings more focus, more foresight, and more follow-up to every project. It’s how we’ve achieved an unprecedented 99.9% success rate, and why some of the world’s most respected brands -- such as eBay, Charter, Whole Foods, and other -- rely on BP3.
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Anduril
Irvine - Anduril Industries is a defense product company that builds technology for military agencies and border surveillance. Anduril commits top technical talent to solving the most complex national security challenges. We’re building the next generation of technology that will aid and protect those who serve on the front lines defending the nation and its interests. Our mission is to develop cutting edge technology that enables America and its allies to maintain global leadership now and into the future.
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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.