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Bipedal robot developer Agility announces $20M raise – TechCrunch

Agility, the Oregon State College spinoff behind Digit and Cassie, introduced this morning that it has raised $20 million in funding. The newest spherical, led by DCVC and Playground World, brings the startup’s whole funding as much as $29 million. Different latest buyers embrace TDK Ventures, MFV Companions, the Industrial Expertise Funding Company, Sony Innovation Fund and Safar Companions.

Agility’s robots have been a few of the extra refined I’ve seen lately. The unique ostrich-inspired Cassie actually captured the creativeness of the robotics neighborhood, with a swish, bipedal gait.

Introduced final 12 months, Digit takes issues a step additional, constructing on the Cassie base to create a bundle supply robotic able to navigating stairs and different terrain that might show troublesome for a extra conventional wheeled ‘bot. The truth is,  the know-how actually struck Ford’s fancy. The automotive large introduced that it could be Digit’s first buyer, with plans to make use of the robotic in tandem with self-driving automobiles for supply.

Agility plans to make use of the brand new spherical of funding to ship extra of their robots for quite a lot of totally different purposes. “This newest infusion of capital will allow the corporate to satisfy the demand from logistics suppliers, e-commerce retailers and different companies for robots that may work alongside people to automate repetitive, bodily demanding or harmful work,” cofounder Jonathan Hunt stated in a launch tied to the increase. “We sit up for accelerating the event and deployment of humanoid robots throughout industries to automate a few of the jobs that should be completed in areas designed for people.”

Like many others within the robotics business, Agility is probably going benefiting from elevated curiosity amid the COVID-19-related shutdown. Loads of supply and logistics organizations are on the lookout for further methods to automate their providers. At present Digit is priced at an especially prohibitive $250,000, although scaling the robotic ought to assist reduct its price over time.

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Brian Heater