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Agility Robotics Secures $20 Million to Build and Deploy Humanoid Robots for Work in Human Spaces

Enterprise Technology Review | Monday, October 26, 2020

Agility Robotics is a leading maker of legged robots, declares today the close of a $20 million investment.

FREMONT, CA: Agility Robotics is a leading maker of legged robots, declares today the close of a $20 million investment. The investment will allow the company to meet the demand from logistics providers, e-commerce retailers, and others for the robots that can work together with humans to automate repetitive, physically demanding, or risky work safely and scalably, even in the majority of spaces that is not purpose-built for automation. DCVC and Playground Global led the round and were joined by TDK Ventures, MFV Partners, Sony Innovation Fund, the Industrial Technology Investment Corporation, and Safar Partners. Agility Robotics has secured a total of $29m since its founding in 2015.

Digit, Agility Robotics’ humanoid robot with mobility and manipulation capabilities, is commercially provided and has been shipping to the customers since July 2020. Digit develops on two decades of research and development from the team on the human-like dynamic mobility and manipulation and can handle the unstructured indoor and outdoor terrain, going where people go. Digit is very versatile and can do a range of different jobs that have been created around a human form factor.

The co-founder and CEO Damion Shelton says that it’s never been clearer that society’s demand for manual labor exceeds their ability to generate it safely, and it is far past time they have a solution which can work alongside humans to raise the bar on the quality of life and free up human time.

The co-founder and CTO Jonathan Hurst further added that they are excited to work with the investors who understand the company’s unique approach to legged locomotion, see the promise, and share the vision of robots in human spaces with stairs, hallways, curbs, and uneven surfaces. The company looks forward to accelerating Digit’s development and deployment across industries to automate some of the classic ‘Dull, Dirty, and Dangerous’ jobs that must be done in spaces designed for humans, not for robots.

Agility Robotics offers a solution that is unique and ideal for various industries and uses cases. Digit combines the most advanced legged locomotion and whole-body manipulation capabilities, like lifting a box from the floor to a shelf, efficient operation, and useful battery life.