Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on advanced robotics solutions. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising robotic movement software startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Robotic Movement Software Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of robotics solutions. For this research, we identified 181 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing robotic movement software startups. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 181 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Ruvu – Mobile Robots
Nowadays, warehouses, manufacturing plants, and retail stores are increasingly using robots which form part of the backbone of automation. Fixed position robots do not require much spatial awareness when compared to robots that require moving in their work environment such as those used in warehouses. Moreover, the number of newer companies that specialize in the development of environmental perception for robots demonstrates the importance of these software solutions.
The Dutch-based startup Ruvu is a software solutions provider for robotic spatial awareness. These solutions allow autonomous robots to function in the required environment using onboard sensors for motion control. Additionally, the startup integrates its software solution, navCore, with the existing hardware in a robotic system with the help of different localization sensors including LIDAR.
Realtime Robotics – Assembly Line Robots
There is an explosive growth of automation in factory assembly lines as a result of Industry 4.0. A robot’s task in an assembly may seem simple such as pick and placing items on a conveyor or sorting items from a bin. However, the challenge lies in having multiple robots collaborating as well as having them learn or adapt to others’ tasks.
The US-based startup Realtime Robotics specializes in the development of software and hardware controllers for the motion of autonomous robots. The company’s platform RapidPlan enables robots to avoid any kind of object in their path. The calibration application RapidSense, together with RapidPlan enables robots to react to any changes in their environment in real-time.
Hiveground – Drone Movement
The market forecasts an exponential increase in the size of the global market demand for drones. Outside of military applications drones are largely manually operated. With the advancement in drone technology, commercial activities also benefit from robotic drone software. Startups and emerging companies work on innovative solutions to create advanced flight paths for autonomous drone systems.
Thai startup Hiveground is a drone company with a focus on agriculture. These drones are specially designed for agricultural applications – Hiveground’s path planning software offers both mission-specific planning and enterprise applications like drone fleet management.
Agile Robots – Real-Time Path Planning
The environment of an outdoor autonomous robot is constantly changing unlike in a warehouse, office space, or retail environment. For robots to be able to perform in constantly changing outdoor environments they need to be able to sense their surroundings and plan their movements in real-time. Startups and emerging companies work on innovative software solutions for generic robots and autonomous vehicles.
German startup Agile Robots is a high tech company that develops perception technologies for robots. With the help of deep learning and computer vision intelligence, the startup enables robots to understand their environments while reinforced learning techniques allow robots to collect and analyze data. As a result, the robots autonomously plan their motion in real-time.
RoboDK – Simulation Software
Purchasing a complete robotic solution may not always be the best option for a plant operator or manufacturer. Manufacturers have the option to purchase readily available assembly-line robots and customize the control software in line with their specific requirements. Rather than approaching a robotics integrator to custom build a robot from the ground up, startups and emerging companies develop simulation software for customization.
Canadian startup RoboDK provides robot simulation software for industrial robots. The software accommodates controllers from various manufacturers such as ABB, Fanuc, KUKA, and more. The startup offers an extensive library of over 500 robot arms in its software development kit (SDK). As a result, this kit ensures that the software being developed or tested will not be a limitation.
What About The Other 176 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 robotic movement software startups showcased above are promising examples out of 181 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.