About Soft Robotics

Automated Picking Solutions

Soft Robotics is an industry-leading and award-winning technology company that designs and builds automated picking solutions using proprietary soft robotic grippers, 3D machine perception, and artificial intelligence.  It has hundreds of systems in daily operation worldwide and has achieved billions of successful picks in global production facilities. The company’s transformational robotic automation solutions enable food processors to solve the hardest piece picking problems in the food and beverage industry.

Headquartered approximately 20 miles from Boston, MA – the epicenter of robotics innovation and world-class universities – the company is dedicated to constant innovation and collaboration and is proud to be the face of the rapidly growing food automation industry.

Intellectual Property:
We are proud to hold 82 patents with 19 pending along with trade secrets covering finger materials, manufacturing methods and AI algorithms.
Investors:
Soft Robotics is backed by leading venture capital firms and strategic investors that include ABB Technology Ventures, Calibrate Ventures, FANUC, Honeywell Ventures, Hyperplane Venture Capital, Material Impact, Scale Venture Partners,  Tyson Ventures, Tekfen Ventures, and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.  
Customers:
Our Fortune 500 customers are worldwide and include Just Born Quality Confections (maker of Peeps), a large global pizza retailer, consumer goods manufacturer and an e-commerce company.

Our History

Soft Robotics was founded in 2012 by Dr. George M. Whitesides of Harvard University, with the vision of leveraging soft materials and microfluidics to change the way robots were fabricated thereby opening entirely new markets for their utilization.

Today, Soft Robotics is keenly focused on enabling the mass adoption of robotic automation by the $8T global food industry to help reduce their critical dependency on labor-powered operations. Our robotic picking solutions, comprising patented and industry-proven soft gripping technology, ultra-fast 3D vision, and artificial intelligence, represent a practical realization of the initial vision for the company. These products address one of today’s most pressing societal problems – enabling food companies to produce enough safe and high-quality food product to feed the global population in the midst of massive labor availability challenges.