Kiva Systems, and the Region's Robotics Cluster
Here's the video I shot at Kiva's 'demonstration warehouse' last week:
In doing the story, I discovered that the region's most significant robotics industry networking group seems to be the robotics cluster that the Mass Technology Leadership Council has created. While the MassTLC doesn't have a comprehensive list of all the robotics companies in the state, they have produced a
snazzy brochure (PDF) touting the benefits of being headquartered here.
Aside from Kiva, here's the list of the ten New England robotics companies I heard mentioned most often during my research (ranked in no particular order):
- iRobot: publicly-traded maker of bots for pool cleaning and bomb disposal. Co-founded by MIT prof Rodney Brooks, and Colin Angle and Helen Greiner, his former students.
- Foster-Miller: Waltham developer of robots for reconnaissance and hazmat disposal.
- Boston Dynamics: maker of walking, animal-like robots for the military. Founded by MIT "Leg Lab" legend Marc Raibert.
- Bluefin Robotics: Cambridge, Mass. designer of robots that aren't afraid to get wet.
- Hydroid: another manufacturer of underwater bots, in Pocasset, Mass.
- North End Technologies: stealthy NH robotics company funded by Castile Ventures. Founded by iRobot alums.
- Q Robotics: another quiet Mass. company founded by Paul Sandin and Joe Jones, creators of iRobot's Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner.
- Smart Robots: Dalton, Mass. maker of mobile robotic platforms for education and application development.
- MobileRobots, formerly ActivMedia Robotics: NH company focused on "research and university robots."
- Black i Robotics: Tyngsboro, Mass. maker of rugged six-wheeled robots.