|California based startup company Brain Corp. will now introduce an in store autonomous robot for factories and retail stores / Photo by: Zapp2Photo via Shutterstock|
San Diego, California-based startup Brain Corp. announced on Thursday that it is planning to debut an in-store autonomous robot for factories and retail.
In recent years, the innovative tech company has generated serious funding—one of which is a $114 million Series C, which was led by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank in 2017. Now, its automotive robot, called AutoDelivery, is set to help out in factories and stores.
Tech Crunch reports that the robot is still "proof of concept," or is still demonstrating that the design is feasible. It adds that AutoDelivery is developed on Brain Corp's own BrainOS navigation platform. The platform is currently providing power to the products of a number of companies, which include Tennant, Minuteman, ICE, Nilfisk, and SoftBank's robotics segment.
It adds that the startup's system is designed to complete a significant range of case uses—everything from stocking inventories to fulfilling deliveries—in stores, factories, and even warehouses. The segment is already massive as it currently is, but the business is among those that are poised to grow bigger in the coming years.
This growth is evident with the existence of products from Amazon Robotics and Fetch to Playground Ventures-supported Canvas, which provides a similar autonomous robot designed for factory settings, Tech Crunch says.
The tech news site further states that even Boston Dynamics—an engineering and robotics design company—is also venturing into the segment these days, as shown by its acquisition of Kinema Systems (a creator of robotic manipulation solutions for industrial problems).
But even with tight competition, the Brain Corp. robotic system seems to have taken some lead with its capacity to tow carts, making it a useful tool in a retail setting. The machine is also equipped with a touchscreen in which employees can directly input directions, helping to develop a different relationship with human employees compared to other products like Bossa Nova's inventory-checking robot.
AutoDelivery is still in its infancy stage of development and will make its debut at the Chicago ProMat Show next week. Brain Corp. expects to launch the system commercially by early next year.