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. 

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.

 

Entomics Biosystems insect larvae rearing

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

 

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.

 

Ocado smart platform

Transforming warehouse automation with another world-first in radio design

News & insights


Opinion

Thinking big - the Ocado way

25th May 2018

We often ask ourselves what innovation truly means. It’s an important question for any ambitions business to consider as history has shown that a revolution in technology brings far greater benefits than an evolution to a legacy technique.

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Tracking & location
Opinion

Drone services lift off in the US

17th May 2018

Can Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) ever mix safely with existing air traffic? Recent news suggests that the Federal Aviation Authority in the US thinks so...

  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

What do Amazon and Eddy Merckx have in common?

4th May 2018

Eddy Merckx dominated professional cycling, the 'Amazon' of his era. Other teams had to innovate or retire. Warehouse automation faces the same challenge.

 

  • Innovation management
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Robotics
Opinion

Precision fruit handling robot

19th April 2018

Robotics in agriculture face complex challenges when it comes to dealing with speciality produce such as fruits and vegetables. Niall Mottram demonstrates an actuator that senses the pressure...

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
  • Signal processing

Events


Event

AgTech Nexus USA 2018

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Harvard Club, Boston, MA

A two-day conference where agribusinesses, investors, tech companies and other stakeholders will be immersed in the innovations and investment opportunities surrounding this exciting sector.

We can help you achieve the impossible