Impact


Custom robotics

We specialise in developing robotics in areas that have not traditionally been automated or, in some cases, where automation was not even considered possible.

Rather than pursuing incremental improvements on existing robotic systems, we focus on creating dramatic improvements and enabling completely new ways of doing business. 

Ripe for automation

Our expertise enables us to pinpoint which tasks are most amenable to automation, ensuring that investment is focused where it will deliver the most value.

In particular, we excel at automating ’semi-structured’ tasks – tasks that are clearly defined yet not purely repetitive. For example, as opposed to a robot that will pick all the apples on a tree, we might design a robot that picks only the ripe ones. 

Human augmentation

The use of robotics to enable humans to do their jobs better, faster or more precisely is set to bring huge benefits in many fields. For example, enhancing surgeons’ capabilities with features like motion scaling, tremor reduction and enforced ’no-fly‘ zones to protect sensitive tissues.

We’re helping our clients build the next generation of surgical robotics, drawing on our deep understanding of robotic technology, medical imaging, human factors engineering, safety critical software and medically regulated product development

Experience


Depth of knowledge

We draw on a wealth of experience when addressing each new challenge, having created robotic solutions across a range of industries, including industrial, consumer, agricultural and medical.

We combine market relevance with deep technical expertise – from both academia and industry – built on a foundation of core skills, including kinematics, dynamic modelling, real-time control and sensor fusion. This enables us to deliver outstanding custom solutions time-after-time. 

Breadth of expertise

Applying robotics in new areas is our specialty, but this requires more than just robotics expertise. Insight into novel sensor technology, machine vision and artificial intelligence (AI) are equally critical to success.

We draw on world-class expertise in all of these disciplines and more, assembling multidisciplinary teams capable of redefining the boundaries of robotics. 

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Tech, tools & facilities


Warehouse-scale-development-space
 

Warehouse-scale development space

For large-scale robotics development, we maintain a warehouse space suitable for the prototyping and testing of sizable robotics and automation projects.

Robotics-lab
 

Robotics lab - Cambridge, UK

In addition to our dedicated manufacturing and electronics prototyping capabilities, we maintain a robotics-specific lab to carry out development and demonstrations, equipped with several robotic arms and 3D tracking capabilities.

Robotics lab Boston
 

Robotics lab - Boston, MA

This dedicated robotics research and prototyping facility enables us to develop industrial automation, warehouse robotics, cobots, agri-robots and medical robotics. This lab contains several six-axis and SCARA manipulators, hardware-in-the loop control prototyping systems, 2D and 3D vision systems, and autonomous mobile robot prototyping platforms.

Case studies


Axsis
 

Axsis medical robotic concept

AXSIS demonstrates the possibilities of intelligent robotic design – robots that are dramatically smaller yet significantly more capable than existing surgical equipment.

 

Ocado smart platform

Transforming warehouse automation with another world-first in radio design

 

Pick of the bunch

Nature doesn’t provide blueprints, which are why our robot system can cope with handling all kinds of different fruit – and can even sort red apples from green ones.

 

Better Origin insect larvae rearing

Harnessing the science of synthetic biology and best-in-class automation to turn organic waste into high-protein fish food.

News & insights


Opinion

Virtual Vegas round up - 2021 CES trends

25th Jan 2021

What happens in Vegas famously stays in Vegas – except for this year of course as we stayed home and kicked off 2021 with the very first digital-only CES show. Personally, I missed the fountains and cocktails, if not the sore feet and endless lines. Take a look at what we found out and what we think will stick! 

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital services
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Whitepaper

Engineering the future of innovations in oncology

27th Aug 2020

This paper highlights macro and micro factors affecting oncology and proposes a partnership-driven framework to catalyze innovation for oncology-focused biopharma – as well as the role that select high-impact technologies will have on the on the entire value-chain of cancer research and care delivery. 

  • AI & Analytics
  • Bioinnovation
  • Digital health
  • Dispense
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Press release

Hank: The dexterous robot with the human touch

16th May 2019

Hank is a pneumatic robotic gripper with a sophisticated sense of touch and slip. It can emulate the human ability to grip delicate objects using just the right amount of pressure.

Press release

Mamut: The autonomous robot in the field of agritech

11th Mar 2019

Mamut explores crop fields, capturing granular data on health and yield on a massive scale. By automating data capture, Mamut will bring new efficiencies to food production, enabling growers to predict and optimize yields.

Events


ExhibitorPanel discussion

Controlled Environment Agriculture

25th Feb 2021

The 2021 CEA conference draws on speakers from across the agri-tech ecosystem, providing an opportunity to review progress, look at the recent developments and gain informed glimpses of the future.

Exhibitor

REAP Conference 2020: From micro-scape to landscape – Innovating at the frontier

10th Nov 2020
Online event

This year’s REAP conference is taking a farmer-centric view of the emerging approaches and technologies to support improved decision-making at every level, informing actionable insights and improved planning across the supply chain. Visit our booth at the event and meet the team. 

Panel discussion

Idea to reality: What does it take to develop and deploy a solution to the agri sector?

28th Jan 2021

Join us at this exciting panel discussion to reveal what it takes to cross the ‘valley of death’ and turn concepts into successful agri sector products. Using real examples from our panellists’ experience, we will discuss how interesting ideas have sparked commercially viable products with massive potential to meet the key challenges of end users.

ExhibitorSpeaker

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit 2021

9th Mar 2021 - 10th Mar 2021
Online event

Join us live online on March 9-10 for 1-1 meetings, interactive group discussions and critical intelligence on the future of the agri-food system.

We can help you achieve the impossible