First desktop robot for industrial use

Written by: Paul Fanning | Published:

Automata, a London-based robotics company, today announced the launch of Eva – the first-ever desktop robot for industrial use, following £5.3m in funding.

Eva is designed to be lightweight, user-friendly and accessible, while maintaining industrial performance, standing at 160mm x 600mm.

Suryansh Chandra, co-founder of Automata, said: “Mostafa and I started Automata to democratise robotics and to ultimately allow anyone to seamlessly use a robot. We are extremely proud to offer Eva at the price point we do. This recent funding allows us to bring Eva to an increased number of businesses across multiple sectors.”

Automata has designed a powertrain that includes a proprietary gearing system, as well as a software program called Choreograph. The tailor-made gearing system allows for both the price point and set up time to be substantially reduced.

Choreograph also has 3D programming capabilities, an animation-inspired interface and flexibility to run on any web-enabled device.

Led by Hummingbird Ventures, with firstminute Capital, Hardware Club and previous investors including LocalGlobe, ABB, and Entrepreneur First participating, this initial finding boost is being used to expand of its growing team of 42, based out of the company’s headquarters in London, as well as supporting the increased production of Eva.

Barend Van den Brande, founding partner at Hummingbird Ventures, said: “Suryansh and Mostafa bring a visionary perspective to robotics and an endearing determination to turn the traditional manufacturing model on its head by fostering a new dimension of productivity, whilst simultaneously lowering the costs for developed and high-labour cost countries."

Produced by UK robotics manufacturer Tharsus, Eva is said to ultimately invite greater productivity and a more rewarding working environment for employees. Early customers have used Eva in various capacities, from testing touch screen functionality in automobile dashboards to loading and unloading parts into production lines, over the course of several months.

“Automata is a company making fundamental changes in the robotics space,” said Robin Klein, co-founder and general partner at LocalGlobe. “By offering an industrial quality, lightweight robot capable of being set up and operational in a matter of hours, Automata is encouraging businesses to embrace automation like never before.”


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