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Google kicks cash into another robotics firm

Savioke pulls in $2m
Thu Apr 10 2014, 15:27

GOOGLE HAS CONTRIBUTED to a $2m investment in robotics firm Savioke.

Savioke, no relation to karaoke, said that the cash is welcome and will help drive the two year old business into robotics development.

The cash comes from a few parties, Google Ventures being one of them. It is happy to be kicking cash into the robotics industry.

"As the lines continue to blur between industrial and personal robotics industries, Google Ventures is thrilled to be working with an exceptional group of people at Savioke," said Andy Wheeler, general partner at Google Ventures. "Steve [Cousins] and his team already have had a lot to do with moving the robotics industry forward. The next act promises to be even more revolutionary."

Cousins, who is CEO, founded Savioke in 2013 having already made his mark at Willow Garage, where "robots for humanity" like the Turtlebot were created and built.

"We are passionate about delivering easy to use yet sophisticated robots that can help people," said Cousins. "Our goal is to improve the lives of people by developing and deploying robotic technology in service environments."

Cousins has spun off eight other robotics companies already, and is something of a hurry to stock the planet with robots.

Earlier this year in a post introducing Savioke, Cousins distanced robots from evil, take over the world plans, and said that they can be a force for good.

"We are a group of people who intend to make the world a better place by creating robots that help people. We do not intend to create a race of robot overlords. Rather, we will create robots that enable people to do more: to stretch outside the bounds of our bodies, to do things we could never do, or can no longer do," he said.

"We want to change the world. Although robots are often portrayed as evil or controlling, that's more Hollywood story-making than reality. We have seen firsthand the power that robots under human control can have for good."

Robots, whether you like them or not, can appear rather terrifying. Google has been increasing its investments in the field of robotics. µ


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