A steadfast belief that robotics can help solve the world’s toughest operational problems. An earnest desire to make robotics technology more readily accessible for the greater good. A platform that unites global cutting edge robotics expertise across hardware, software, and the cloud.
Rapyuta Robotics has its origins in RoboEarth -- an ambitious research initiative to develop a “world wide web for robots” where different kinds of robots can offload computationally heavy data processing to the cloud, and share maps and other information to speed up robot learning. But though RoboEarth was the first to prove the concept of cloud robotics in a laboratory setting, it took a whole team of hardware, software, and cloud engineers weeks of around-the-clock troubleshooting to get a demo involving just two robots to work as planned. If cloud robotics were to live up to its real potential, it would have to be much simpler and easier to use.
In 2013, the developers of RoboEarth’s infrastructure teamed up Tokyo-based business financiers to figure out how to make cloud robotics not just a possibility, but a commercial reality -- even for people with minimal robotics expertise. Building on the willingness of Japanese companies to invest early in game-changing technology and their desire for full-service solutions, Rapyuta Robotics launched in Tokyo, working closely with Japanese co-development partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of deploying, managing and interfacing with robotics systems and on-demand services. Complimentary offices in Zurich and Bengaluru allow Rapyuta Robotics to build international clientele and leverage the best hardware, software and cloud infrastructure expertise globally.
Gajan Mohanarajah (now RR CEO) and Arudchelvan Krishnamoorthy (now RR COO) meet in Tokyo while studying controls and systems engineering on scholarship from the Japanese government.
Gajan joins the EU-based RoboEarth research consortium, where he leads the development of the RoboEarth cloud engine at ETH Zurich, along with his students Dominique Hunziker (now RR CTO) and Dhananjay Sathe (now RR Platform Lead). RoboEarth aims to be the first “world wide web for robots”.
Gajan meets Ray Oung (now RR Director of Engineering) and Christof Dubs (now RR Control System Engineer) while working at Raffaello D’Andrea’s lab at ETH Zurich. The lab is known for developing control systems for novel mechatronic devices such as the Cubli and the Distributed Flight Array.
Gajan calls RoboEarth’s cloud robotics platform “Rapyuta” in honour of his favorite anime movie, Castle in the Sky.
Gajan and Arudchelvan reconnect in Tokyo, where Gajan is organizing a cloud robotics workshop. The two are inspired to start a company that “empowers lives with connected machines”.
RoboEarth team demonstrates that robots with different hardware can offload computationally heavy data processing to the cloud, and share maps, object models and task descriptions to speed up robot learning.
Rapyuta Robotics is officially registered in Japan.
RR becomes an official ETH spin-off under the name Rapyuta Research AG.
RR raises almost $3M in seed funding led by Cyberdyne Inc. to build its Zurich-based engineering team.
RR raises $10M in Series A funding led by SBI Investments Co. Ltd. to expand its engineering and business development capabilities.
SoftBank provides funding and market intelligence to support the prototyping, development and market testing of Rapyuta Robotics’ cloud robotics platform.