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Inside RightHand

About Us

RightHand Robotics builds a data-driven intelligent picking platform, providing flexible and scalable automation for predictable order fulfillment. RightPick, our robotic piece-picking solution, enables retailers to rise up to the new realities of online commerce.

Our Story

RightHand Robotics was founded in 2015 by a DARPA challenge-winning team from the Harvard Biorobotics Lab, the Yale GRAB Lab, and MIT. Our founders learned from that competition that you can make a capable robotic gripper by combining a compliant smart mechanism and sensing that could improve through practical experience. But it’s not enough to just build cool technology. You make a difference when you fix customer problems. So we started RightHand Robotics to focus on solving the “holy grail” of warehouse automation: piece-picking for supply chain and e-commerce fulfillment. We took the grasping knowhow, combined it with computer vision and AI, and spoke to over a hundred end-users across a dozen industry verticals to gauge market appetite and define use cases. It quickly became clear that the demand for such a piece-picking machine was real and growing. In just a few short years, our company has assembled a world class team that’s committed to our mission and vision. We launched our autonomous robotic piece-picking product in 2017, developed key partnerships in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. and deployed fleets of robots for customers around the world. Tens of millions of picks into our journey, we continue to learn every day...as do our robots.

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Mission To build intelligent machines so that humans don't have to be robots
Vision To be the obvious choice for robotic piece-picking for supply chains

Our Culture

Every day at RightHand Robotics we live and work by our values, from how we collaborate and treat each other with respect, to our commitment for fulfilling promises based on our customers’ needs. We’re scrappy and creative. We empower our co-workers while building trust by approaching conversations with a generosity of spirit, seeking to understand before being understood. The vibe is come-as-you-are, and friendly, with a focus on getting “stuff” done (GSD). We work hard but we also know when it’s time to raise a glass to recognize a team member’s contribution, celebrate a project milestone, or to simply mark the end of a productive day.

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Where We Push the Envelope

Our office in Somerville, Massachusetts is located just minutes from Boston in a historic post-office where we design and build robots that pick and handle all kinds of items. Our space inspires us to create this new generation of logistics innovations.

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Our Backers

RightHand Robotics is funded by top venture capital firms actively investing in the robotics sector in response to booming e-commerce growth, including Menlo Ventures, Playground Global, GV, Matrix Partners, F-Prime Capital, and Dream Incubator.

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