Five months ago, Emby Robotics emerged stealthily with a $6 million raise. Today the Bay Area-based firm is back several times, announcing a $26 million Series A led by Tiger Global. The new round also includes participation from existing investors, including Bow Capital, Vertex Ventures US and The House Fund.
The startup first hit our radar through the participation of UC Berkeley (and frequent TC Sessions: Robotics guest Ken Goldberg). Amby operates the robotics space in pick and place — a crowded category, but with an intense level of interest, as more warehouses and fulfillment centers move to automation after closing last year.
Emby has already enlisted some high-profile partners, including Pitney Bowes. Despite only coming out of stealth in April, the robotics startup began deploying its first systems — including Ambisort and AmbiKit — in October of last year, ahead of the massive holiday rush.
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The company’s primary difference is in the AI that powers its picking robotics system.
“Amby Robotics combines cutting-edge AI technology with an engaging user interface to transform the role of the ‘Item Handler’ into the ‘Robot Handler’,” CEO Jim Liefer said in a release. “With our Series A funding, we will be able to empower more companies to help their partners work together with robots.”
This latest round will go towards deploying additional units and enhancing both the systems and the team of humans who build them.