> Softbank continues its expansion strategy in the robotics industry. After the takeover of Aldebaran, it’s the turn of the Californian Fetch Robotics of interest to the Japanese. This one comes inject $ 20 million in this startup founded in 2014 by the former Unbounded Robotics and Willow Garage. These same that created the mythical PR2.
Roboticists outstanding Softbank does not seem to pass up their creations at Google … maybe go to work at Foxconn or Alibaba, Softbank’s partners in its robotics strategy.
Fetch and Freight Two robots created to work in warehouse
1 m 50 113 kg, an arm with seven degrees of freedom, the robot created by Fetch Fetch Robotics does not seem as friendly as the Nao and other Pepper Aldebaran. Normal, he and his companion were created Freight not people pleasers, but to work. The both of them are designed to help warehouse in warehouses. These robotic platforms running under Linux Ubuntu LTS software with ROS, ROS and navigation MoveIt !. Robots colaboratifs or cobots, these can coexist and interact with humans. The $ 20 million will allow the strartup to go up the marketing of its robots. If robots Fetch Robotics atteingnent their goals, we could see them at work in workshops and warehouses Foxconn and Alibaba, Softbank SoftBank in Robotics Partners Holdings (SRH).
Translation : Google Translate
“Foxconn, Alibaba join SoftBank in global robotics push”, IT World, June 18, 2015
“SoftBank Leads $20 Million Investment in Fetch Robotics”, Fetch Robotics press release, June 17, 2015