Google may have acquired Boston Dynamics, but there are other notable robotics companies in the Boston area. Rethink Robotics develops robots (see video above) for research and manufacturing. The company was founded by Rodney Brooks, who previously founded iRobot. Rethink Robotics has raised more than $80 million to date and counts Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as one of its first investors.
Up to 90% of manufacturing tasks still can’t be practically automated. But that number is falling steadily. Smart, collaborative robots that adapt to real-world variability, excel in semi-structured environments and change applications quickly have arrived. And they are becoming the solution of choice for companies looking to boost flexibility, efficiency and quality in their operations. Rethink Robotics is trying to capitalize on those trends.