About Soft Robotics

Automated Picking Solutions

Soft Robotics is an industry-leading technology company that designs and builds automated high-speed food automation solutions using proprietary soft robotic grippers, 3D machine vision, and artificial intelligence software. The company’s transformational robotic automation solutions enable System Integrators, OEM Machine Builders, and Food Processors to automate complex production processes in the food and consumer packaged goods industries – solving supply chain issues and eliminating the reliance on human labor to maintain operational efficiencies.  With hundreds of systems in daily operation worldwide, our picking technology has achieved billions of successful picks in global production facilities.

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 automation industry.

Intellectual Property:
We are proud to hold 116 patents along with trade secrets covering finger materials, manufacturing methods and AI algorithms.
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, Johnsonville Holdings, Marel, Material Impact, Scale Venture Partners,  Tekfen Ventures, Tyson Ventures, and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.  
Our Fortune 500 customers are worldwide and include Just Born Quality Confections (maker of Peeps), Dominos, Johnsonville, consumer goods manufacturers,  an e-commerce company along with other large food processing companies.

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.