As a matter of fact, Brain Corp. sounds somewhat like an evil corporation in some superhero comic, yet the San Diego-based startup has created some serious funding as of late, including a $114 million Series C, driven by SoftBank in 2017.
The organization’s been giving that cash to work, reporting today the launch of an in-store autonomous delivery robot. AutoDelivery, which is right now still “proof of concept,” is built on the startup’s own BrainOS navigation platform, which is as of now powering products from various organizations, including Tennant, Minuteman, ICE, Nilfisk and SoftBank Robotics.
Brain Corp’s. framework is an intriguing one intended to satisfy a fairly wide scope of case utilizes, from stores to manufacturing plants to warehouses. That could mean everything from inventory stocking to conveyance satisfaction. It’s a monstrous business and one situated to get considerably bigger in coming years, with products from Amazon Robotics and Fetch to Playground Ventures-supported Canvas, which offers up a similarly autonomous robot for factory settings.
Hell, even Boston Dynamics is getting in on the space nowadays, with its ongoing obtaining of Kinema Systems.
The Brain Corp. framework seems to have a portion of the competition beat with its capacity to tow carts, which could make it helpful in a retail setting like the one in the above video. It additionally sports a touchscreen, so representatives can input directions straightforwardly, forming a different relationship with human workers than products like Bossa Nova’s inventory-checking robot.
The robot is still in its early stages, making its debut at next week’s ProMat show in Chicago. The organization expects a commercial launch right on time one year from now.