Innorobo 2018, 15-17 May, Paris, France

Innorobo kicks off its tour of Europe! First stop: Paris, France

The leading summit on global robotics is unveiling a new organization, setting out on a tour of Europe in order to get even closer to key players in the sector. First stop: The Docks de Paris, where the upcoming edition will take place on 24, 25 and 26 May 2016 in the French capital.

Innorobo is Europe’s leading summit of the world robotics community. The show’s 5th edition, held in Lyon from 1 to 3 July 2015, brought together over 200 exhibitors from around the globe, 350 speakers, world experts and CEOs and senior managers from companies that design or use today’s and tomorrow’s robotics technologies.

For its 6th edition, Innorobo is taking on a new dimension. In 2016, for the first time ever, the show will open its doors in Paris for a three-day panorama showcasing the state of the art of robotics technologies from around the world, with a larger exhibition hall, conferences featuring renowned specialists in the field and a number of workshops and demonstration areas.

Unlike sector-specific events (catering to industrial automation, smart regions, smarts homes, transportation, etc.), Innorobo showcases robotics technologies to a wide range of industries, thus promoting cross-innovation and providing players in a number of sectors with new opportunities for growth and diversification. Like the Internet, robotics technologies are nearly boundless, helping to shape innovation throughout society as a whole. Innorobo brings together all of these sectors in 6 core themes rolled out for the 2015 edition: Smart Cities; Technologies & Foresight; Medical & Health; Factories of the Future; Smart Homes; Field Robotics.


“Innorobo 2015 was 30% bigger than the 2014 edition, illustrating the 12% growth in the industrial robotics sector and 28% expansion of the personal service robotics market in 2014,” said Catherine Simon, CEO of Innoecho, during her presentation of the results of this year’s event. “In 2015, Innorobo exhibitors displayed a host of robotics innovations for the first time in France, or even in Europe, proving just how dynamic this sector is.” 

New destinations that reflect the event’s positioning

By taking the exhibition on a road trip throughout Europe starting in 2016, Innoecho, the impact consultancy firm that organizes the Innorobo event, aims to align the event’s ambitions – to be Europe’s premier forum for global robotics innovations – with local specificities and the needs of key players in the robotics sphere.

“We will now be changing host cities on a regular basis in order to get even closer to industry professionals, local companies and European decision-makers. This is why Innorobo 2016 will be held at the Docks de Paris from 24 to 26 May 2016.” “continued Catherine Simon, who founded the Innorobo exhibition in 2011.

A new approach to the event embodied in an enhanced visual identity

Innorobo’s visual identity clearly states our desire to enrich the relationships between players in the global ecosystem by sparking a dialog that is at once visionary and pragmatic. As well, the new logo illustrates the one-of-a-kind potential that robotics innovations hold.

Robotic technologies and systems offer solutions for the major challenges our society is facing and help to improve our quality of life. Based on this shared conviction, we have built and developed a human-scale event that brings together industrial decision-makers, scholars renowned worldwide for their research work, senior executives from service companies, institutional representatives of robotics initiatives and pioneering entrepreneurs from the four corners of the globe. By interacting together at the show, they shape a human approach to technological progress: Innorobo – A Human Robotics Event.





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About Innorobo

Innorobo, Europe’s leading event dedicated entirely to the robotics sector and its innovations, has created a unique robotics ecosystem to speed up the time-to-market of innovations and technologies that provide solutions for the major challenges our world is facing. Innorobo brings together robotics companies from around the world alongside research laboratories, start-ups, inventors, public and private funding providers, institutional players, strategy and innovation decision makers from major international groups and SMEs and the media. Innorobo – A Human Robotics Event.


About Innoecho

An Impact Consulting firm focusing on business development through innovation and expertise in worldwide robotics markets, Innoecho brings together a vast business ecosystem of disruptive technologies in order to make the world a better place. Throughout the year, Innoecho drives a community of over 3,500 robotics companies worldwide with nearly 10,000 leaders and decision makers who work together through open innovation and see robotics technologies, products and services as opportunities for technology-fueled growth and competitive advantages. Innoecho – A Human Approach to Disruptive Technologies.

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350 visionaries from the worldwide robotics industry were at Innorobo 2015, Europe’s international robotics summit

Year after year, Innorobo is strengthening its position as Europe’s leading summit for the world robotics community. For its 5th edition, held in Lyon, France from 1 to 3 July 2015, Innorobo brought together over 350 speakers, experts and senior managers from companies that design or use today’s and tomorrow’s robotic systems. Exhibitors and visitors from around the world came to showcase and discover the latest technologies and meet other stakeholders from the ecosystem to share their vision for the future and build business relationships and partnerships.

Innorobo 2015 brought together industrial decision-makers, scholars renowned worldwide for their research work, service company executives, top-ranking institutional representatives from robotics initiatives on 3 continents and pioneers and entrepreneurs from all around the globe. Though holding the 2015 event in early July resulted in fewer general public visitors (10,000 visitors compared to 15,000 in 2014), this date enabled eminent representatives from South Korea, Japan, Russia, Europe (Denmark, Finland, the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, and others) and the United States to come together to learn, debate and build a common vision of how our society will be transformed by these disruptive technologies. Collectively, 60% of the world’s robotics market was on hand at the event and today Innoecho is in China (at CIROS) to attract representatives from this country to the next edition of Innorobo, scheduled for May/June 2016.

“This year, we had 200 exhibitors from 20 countries, meaning the event grew by 30% compared to 2014. This is a concrete illustration of how this market has expanded, with industrial robotics up 12% and personal service robotics up 28% in 2014,” stated Catherine Simon, CEO of Innoecho. “Exhibitors showed a great many innovations for the first time in France or in Europe, proving how dynamic this “industry” is.”

Innorobo focuses on the overall transformation that robotics is bringing about. The idea is to create a number of market opportunities for exhibitors, who can thus discover ways to diversify their technologies, discuss the needs and constraints of various sectors with decision makers, and take home high-potential contacts and leads to help their business grow. For visitors, the Innorobo exhibition shows how robotics technology can offer new product innovations, help their companies to become more competitive and grow, improve work quality and enhance employee working conditions.

Today’s leading robotics technology markets are:

  • Factories of the Future, with collaborative solutions by all robot manufacturers as well as robots for logistics, security, safety and transport.
  • Smart Cities for optimum management of energy resources and new mobility solutions.
  • Smart Homes, where “intelligent” objects are incorporated in robotics systems to go further than the Internet of Things and bring the Web to life in the physical world.
  • Precision farming, intervention in hostile environments and outdoor security and surveillance with drones, agricultural robots and exploration/intervention robots.
  • The medical and health sector with technologies for minimally invasive surgery, preparation and transport of medicines, rehabilitation and assistance for nurses, as well as prevention and support services for senior citizens.

Innorobo gives prominence to start-ups, as they bring the innovations destined to upend traditional markets and need industrial partners and funding providers to deliver on their promise.

Beyond business opportunities, robotics technologies will also result in disruptive solutions for the major challenges our world is facing, without borders, all around the globe. Innorobo thus endeavors to bring in visionary experts as speakers, to invite the audience to take part in workshops on the potential social transformations this technological progress holds in store, and to create the opportunity for informal meetings that will lead to collaboration and discussions on a longer-term vision.

Thus, for example, leading representatives from the world’s foremost national federations and robotics clusters in attendance at Innorobo presented analyses of their strengths and weaknesses in robotics. A workshop chaired by Ms. Mady Delvaux Stehres, President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Ethics in Robotics, generated a discussion on the principle of human dignity, which could serve as a basis for norms and standards for personal assistance robots.

In 2015, Innorobo gathered leading personalities in robotics, the business world and the institutional sphere from more than 20 countries at a veritable “G20” on the social challenges that robotics can help to address, as well as the questions that disruptive technologies give rise to.

Innoecho, which is both the event’s organizer and a world expert on the robotics technology market, helps to drive robotics innovations to market for a better world.

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Medical robotics: the solution for our demographic challenge of an aging population?

MEDICALScience fiction novels, television series and Hollywood films present butler robots, nearly human in appearance, that are sometimes wonderful assistants for Man. These companions do good deeds, like taking care of the elderly, but are sometimes also very frighteningly real, troubling or even downright scary because they are capable of controlling us. The very word “robot” conjures up visions that range from dreamy to nightmarish…

Which brings to us to an important question: is it better to be dependent on a human being or in control of a machine? Medical robotics is one possible solution for our demographic challenge of an aging population. It is also potentially capable or erasing the word “disability” from our vocabulary. This being said, there are some questions regarding ethics and values that do need to be asked: In light of the evolution of plastic surgery over the last 50 years – such operations were at first “reconstructive” in nature whereas today they are, in many cases, purely for “esthetic” reasons – we need to look at the question of the “augmented” human versus the “repaired” human. Alongside this, though household robots to assist senior citizens can help to improve prevention and enable many elderly people to continue living in their homes, thus reducing public health expenditure, the question of how to finance such systems and guarantee equal access to cutting-edge healthcare technologies also needs to be considered. Finally, like the Factory of the Future, or the Smart Home, or even technological progress in the broad sense, the medical and healthcare sector must probably be revamped in the medium term through a systemic approach and not simply by adding machines, whether robotic or not.

Today, technological progress enables us treat diseases that were often fatal in the last century. Surgical robots aside, there is a whole new breed of robots that can assist people who are disabled or have lost their autonomy, thus offering potential solutions for our demographic challenges. It will be impossible to have a nurse, nurse’s aid or other assistant to help each and every senior citizen in his or her daily life. The intelligence brought to machines – intelligence about its surrounding environment and the analysis of information from this environment – combined with a capacity for autonomous or semi-autonomous action in the physical world, enables us to develop robots that can help our senior citizens both at specialized institutions and at home.

The scope of the “healthcare robotics sector” is very broad, ranging from surgical robots to companion robots for dependent persons, from robots for rehabilitation and transport of medicines at hospitals to robots that assist healthcare professionals or even IoRT (Internet of Robotic Things) devices.

vieillissementThe IFR proposes a segmentation of healthcare robots as follows:

  • B-to-B robotic diagnostics systems
  • Robotic surgical and treatment systems for healthcare professionals
  • B-to-B robotic rehabilitation systems
  • Companion robots: personal assistance robots for elderly or dependent individuals

Whether we are talking about surgical operations, technical or psychological assistance for elderly or disabled persons, remote surgery or remote micromanipulation, everyone agrees that healthcare robotics will play an increasingly important role in coming years. The growth in medical robotics since the mid-1980s has been exponential, both in terms of research and innovation and in terms of new products and services. In 2013, medical robotics accounted for 27% of the service robotics market and US $ 1.5 billion in sales.

Medical robotics is clearly one of the success stories of service robotics. 

Robots and Disabilities

In France, the first robotics applications in the field of disabilities were developed by Jean Vertut, a CEA researcher who designed robotic systems for missions in hostile environments. In the 1980s, he imagined that his robots could help people whose daily environment proved challenging for them. His meeting with Bernard Lesigne, a CEA physicist who had become tetraplegic following a ski accident, was decisive. Combining their scientific minds, and Vertut’s knowledge of robotics with Lesigne’s experience as a disabled person, together they built the basis for robotics to assist those with motor impairments.

The applications range from robotic wheelchairs to personal rehabilitation robots to assistance in handling and “augmented” man with exoskeletons (see Japan’s Cyberdyne, for example). What’s more, motor handicaps are not the sole focus, as there are advanced-stage research programs on “social” robots for the treatment of autism, assistance robots for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, and household and medical surveillance robotics that enable dependent individuals to continue living in the comfort of their homes.

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Smart Homes – From digital technology to robotics: the continuum of change in our everyday lives

SMART HOMESWhatever acronyms we create or words we use – think “Internet of Things”, “Big Data”, “Internet of Robotic Things”, “AI”, etc. – we are in essence referring to the same underlying technologies, i.e. communication systems, software (artificial intelligence, voice or image recognition algorithms, HMI and interaction design, etc.), electronics, materials science and mechanical engineering, which are coming to transform our daily lives.

These words and acronyms may well testify to our desire to break down the major transformation ahead, splitting it into smaller, more manageable chunks of change that ease our fear of being overwhelmed. Perhaps, in order to take less risk, we prefer a 5-to-10-year vision instead of a 30-year foresight, even though this approach might limit our capacity to prepare for the upcoming “revolution” in our lifestyles. Whatever the case, one thing is for sure: Internet is becoming an active part of the physical world and at Innorobo, we call this robotics.

While we have been promised a future in which we are surrounded by over 200 connected objects at home, each controlled directly from our Smartphone or tablet, I wonder about our ability to individually manage each of these devices and its specific application. What happens when there are several friends or family members in the same house? Who is responsible for controlling which IoT device? The answer lies in the questions: the smart home is not the mere accumulation of many semi-inert objects. It is a seamless, integrated system that senses its environment and analyzes the data collected based on specific individual and collective life scenarios and personal profiles to communicate with actuators spread throughout our home (M2M communication), triggering a variety of autonomous and semi-autonomous actions to improve our comfort, assist us in our daily lives and help make our homes more energy efficient.

Two parallel trends are fueling the emergence of Smart Homes. On the one hand, there is the ever-wider range of smart devices designed by creative entrepreneurs that directly target the general public. On the other hand, the B-to-B market, with the Factory of the Future, capitalizes not only on technological advances in electronics and ICT, but also on experiences with innovative Human-Machine Interfaces to create new integrated processes in a collaborative environment. Let’s not forget that before transforming our everyday lives, computers were originally sold in B-to-B markets. Tomorrow’s Smart Home – whether in 5, 10 or 30 years – will probably be at the crossroads of this dual movement.

When talking about how robotics is transforming our daily lives, it is virtually impossible not to mention the vision of and fascination for the almighty “butler” humanoid robot, the highly versatile servant that can help us do anything and everything. The humanoid is, in the words of Bruno Maisonnier, the founder of Aldebaran Robotics, “…the ultimate Man-Machine Interface, as it is so natural for us to interact with something that resembles us.”

In reality, today’s domestic robotics is much more about the great success of “single-task” devices such as robotic vacuum cleaners and pool cleaners, autonomous lawnmowers or home automation systems (controlling lights, shutters, alarm systems, doors and much more). Hence, various robots that each do one specific thing, in effect relieving us entirely of certain chores.

This being said, a new type of companion robot is emerging as a middle way between the vision and the reality. Neither fully humanoid nor single-task, these “social robots” interact with human beings and are capable of “learning” new activities by downloading applications developed to suit their physical and sensory abilities. The social robot may well be the ideal robotics solution to help make our everyday lives easier. Indeed, it is not frightening and can potentially help us in many ways at an acceptable price for the general public. I am confident that investors and the robotics ecosystem at large will be keeping a close eye on this new type of robot.

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Field Robotics: a global market with a triple-digit growth over the next 10 years

Field robotics comprises all robotic systems designed for use in unstructured “natural” outdoor environments (i.e. ground, sea and air). These robots are used in agriculture, livestock farming, forestry and mining, as well as in environments that are hostile (e.g. fire fighting) and/ or inaccessible to man (e.g. space exploration).

Today, field robotics is the second largest service robotics market in terms of revenue, after medical and healthcare robotics, accounting for nearly US $900 million in 2013 according to IFR. With its vast array of applications, field robotics promises exponential growth in the next decade.


According to a study by Wintergreen Research, the agricultural robotics market was estimated at US$ 817 million in 2013 and is forecasted to reach US$ 16.3 billion by 2020, a 20-fold increase in less than 10 years. Agricultural robotics brings farmers not only precision, efficiency, endurance and speed, but also relieves them of difficult tasks and even performs operations previously impossible for human beings. The “robotics transformation” addresses two major challenges in modern society. First of all, food production must increase by 25% in order to feed the 2 billion additional inhabitants to be living on Earth by 2050 (see the work of Jonathan Foley, Director of the Environment Institute, Minnesota University). As well, agriculture, like any other economic field, must simultaneously increase productivity and promote a sustainable approach to development. Precision agriculture (selective pesticide and herbicide application, water management, 24-hour crop monitoring for maximum yield, etc.) is a major advance in the drive to save our planet.

Today’s rising star in field robotics is the drone or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). With applications ranging from agriculture, energy and construction to logistics, safety/security and surveillance, the commercial and civil drones market is forecasted to reach US$12 billion in the next decade (BI Intelligence). Californian venture capital firm Accel Partners, which invested US$ 75 million in DJI, a market leader in drones, says of its experience:

We spent a year really looking at the UAV market, meeting over 100 companies. This gave us a strong conviction that there is new global mass market emerging in this field.

A new ecosystem is being created around the hardware companies that manufacture drones, with a number of start-ups capitalizing on the market opportunities to develop services to map, mine and analyse the data collected by UAVs, as well as other related activities.

Field robotics offers venture firms and international corporations a host of lucrative investment opportunities. Beyond the financial rewards, field robotics innovations help to save our planet and enable mankind to explore new horizons.


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Factories of the future: transforming industry through robotics brings the hope of a more human relationship to work.

Recently published studies all agree on the big trends that are shaping smart factories or Industry 4.0:

  • Sustainable industry that minimizes energy consumption and waste production while incorporating recycling in the value chain.
  • The integration of digital technology. The emergence of 3D printers is taking part in this transformation, though we don’t yet know exactly what their impact will be.
  • Automation and “advanced” robotics are a given, with artificially intelligent systems, collaborative robots enabling the automation of new tasks and the use of robots at small and medium-sized companies. Digital transformation and robotics transformation converge in intelligent systems that are agile and flexible, with streamlined integration, improved programming and reduced implementation costs.

This inevitably leads us to the question of the role human beings will play in the factory of the future, a question sometimes oversimplified and asked strictly in terms of impact on employment. Indeed, as industry drives a large share of the value creation in the European economy, Europe clearly needs to “re-industrialize”. Yet, the share of industry in the Continent’s GDP has fallen from 20% to 15% over the past 15 years.

We are living in a fast-changing world full of uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. There is no simple answer to the question of “robotics and employment”. To be sure, we have to ready ourselves for a deep transformation of our society. In this case, why not adopt a more positive vision of how robotics can benefit industry, rather than simply echo the “doom-and-gloom” outlook of the future so often promoted? Whereas the futurist studies what tomorrow is going to look like, the visionary attempts to create a desirable future.

With this in mind, let us imagine a world where on factory assembly lines robots and humans work side-by-side, perfectly complementing one another. A world in which workers no longer have to carry heavy loads, and where difficult handling tasks are performed by intelligent vehicles. Originally a purely industrial solution, collaborative robots – “cobots” for short – are now becoming a solution for enhanced workstation ergonomics and for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.

Instead of measuring the solely economic impact, what if we measured improvement in workers’ quality of life, well-being and personal development thanks to the technological progress that Industry 4.0 offers? And what if more technological innovation, more investment in production machinery and more robots in factories enabled not only higher productivity and greater competitiveness, but also gave more meaning and humanity to our relationship to work?

Innorobo’s international cycle of conferences (from 1 to 3 July 2015 at Lyon’s Cité Internationale) addresses Factories of the Future with the contribution of researchers, entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the globe. Over 3 days, Innorobo unites a vast “business ecosystem” that interactively builds a shared vision of industry and of the economic spheres most heavily impacted by what robotics technologies can bring for a sustainable, desirable society.

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Smart Citizens driving the development of Smart Cities: the latest Smart City technologies on display at Innorobo 2015

Over 200 companies representing the full range of robotics applications (industrial robotics and personal & professional service robotics) will be showing off their know-how at this year’s edition of the Innorobo exhibition. Among these applications, technologies and innovations that meet the challenges faced by smart cities and underpin the projects headed by various institutions will be on display at the 3-day event.


Everyone is talking about the city of the future: in 2050, urban populations will account for 70% of the world’s overall population, up from 50% today. Frost & Sullivan predict that the Smart Cities market will be worth $ 3.3 trillion in 2025.

With this massive urbanization and the exponential progress of universal technologies, what will the smart city look like? The three “standard” pillars of the Smart City are environmental sustainability, economic viability and the well being of city dwellers. Such a vision incorporates the energy, transport, water, waste, safety, healthcare and education sectors, among others. Today, initiatives are being rolled out all over the world. Asia is home to large-scale projects like the Songdo district in South Korea and Singapore’s Smart Nation, which target leaders in the IT, energy and telecoms sectors to implement a broad range of new concepts. At the same time, Europe is planning to make its existing cities “smart” through new technologies and infrastructures.

“We believe in open innovation and a collaborative approach, and we staunchly defend entrepreneurship. This is why large-scale institutional projects and solutions offered by international groups have to be driven by the ideas and disruptive innovations that entrepreneurs bring,” says Catherine Simon, founder and CEO of Innorobo. “At Innorobo, innovation directors from major groups, institutional players and even citizens like you and me at the general public session can share their vision for the city of the future, as well as discover and explore the technologies that will make them possible.” At Innorobo 2015, both exhibitors and speakers will show us how to give meaning to a Smart City approach and make it something more than just a simple technological showcase or large-scale project. We must always remember that there can be no Smart Cities without Smart Citizens.”

The exhibitors at Innorobo 2015 and the conferences dealing with this topic are listed at the event site, in the Smart Cities tab.

The plenary conference dedicated to Smart Cities will be held Thursday 2 July from 2:00 to 4:00 pm with a panel of renowned speakers on the subject:


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Innorobo call for startups : the 5 finalists!

Two weeks after we revealed the 25 semi-finalists, our investor panel returned to us with their votes… and we finally have our 5 finalists! Applause for…:

  1. Reach Robotics
  2. Empire Robotics
  3. OptoForce
  4. MagnebotiX
  5. ex aequo : RobotBase and Flyability

Reach Robotics (UK)

Imagine a game where the real world is the playing field and you can control and evolve your personal gaming robot to compete against others.At Reach Robotics, we are combing gaming and robotics to make this a reality. The Mecha Monsters are controlled via smartphones and respond to their physical environment. The more they are played with, the stronger they become. Their appearance and performance can be customized with physical and virtual add-ons. This will be the play-able, code-able, evolving toy for the new generation.

We are a member of the Bristol SETsquared business incubator and operate out of the prestigious Bristol Robotics Laboratory incubation space. Our target market is the robotics edutainment market which is £2B globally, our initial addressable market is £200M in the US and Europe alone, growing at 17% each year. We have a core team of 2 mechanical and manufacturing engineers with more than 30 years of combined industry experience, a robotics PHD specialising in AI and machine vision and our 23 year old founder has a 1st class degree in robotics and 4 years of experience in working with our target market.

Empire Robotics (USA)

Empire Robotics is a Cornell University technology spinout. The company is commercializing a range of flexible robotic tools for the industrial automation market based on jamming granular gripping. The first product offering, the VERSABALL gripper, reliably and adaptively grips and manipulates inconsistent and randomly oriented objects, with applications in automotive, natural food handling, consumer goods, and bin picking. Some of the advantages of this technology include: Faster tool up when a product design changes; High error tolerance; Grip oddly shaped objects and inconsistent objects such as molded parts and natural foods; and Eliminate the need for custom tooling – especially for short runs. Empire Robotics has the potential to exceed $50 million in sales within the $2 Billion+ industrial handling components market. Backed by a Seed angel investment and research contracts from NSF, NIH, and NASA, the company is leading the evolution from fixed custom robotic grippers to highly agile, safe, and flexible plug and play robot grippers.

OptoForce (Hungary)

The traditional approach in multi-axis force sensing has been to use a number of strain-gauges carefully glued to as metallic structure. Due to the construction, these sensors are expensive to manufacture and so cost several thousand euros. They are also very heavy and can be easily broken, if they are hit. In our sensors we are measuring the deformation of a silicone structure with light inside the structure. As the sensing elements are not deforming themselves, only the silicone above, the sensors are very robust. Since we are using inexpensive manufacturing techniques (SMT, silicone moulding), we have the possibility to create sensors for service robots and customer products as well – which would had been impossible with the incumbent technologies.

MagnebotiX (Switzerland)

While the Human Genome Project declared success in 2003, mapping the human genome represented only the end of the beginning for applying this knowledge to a number of fields ranging from molecular medicine to human evolution. The next step is to understand the precise molecular architecture of the proteins that DNA encodes. Knowledge of the detailed structure of proteins, enzymes and chromatin allows scientists to understand concepts such as bimolecular interactions, mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis, and the therapeutic action of drug molecules. As the most important method for studying the 3D structure of these complex biological macromolecules, crystallography is widely used in academic research. It is also a key technique in the field of nanomedicine, and is currently used by companies throughout the world including large pharmaceuticals such as Roche and Novartis. Success in this process generally involves large screening trials to find appropriate crystallization conditions and optimal forms and concentrations of interacting species such as drugs and inhibitors. Very large numbers of crystals thus have to be characterized. A major bottleneck of high-throughput industrial-level crystallography is harvesting these crystals from their liquid environment and mounting them in preparation for exposure to an X-ray beam. Due to the fragility and small size of macromolecular crystals this step has yet to be successfully automated and is currently performed manually by trained experts. The success rate is only around 50%, significantly adding to both the cost and length of a typical project and severely limiting the throughput of the whole process. We have developed a gentle harvesting procedure to assist the operator and increase the success rate for crystal harvesting. Furthermore, based on our products the goal of automation in this field becomes feasible, releasing the full potential of the crystallographic process for the advancement of science and the good of mankind.

Robotbase (USA)

Robotbase is building a software + hardware platform powering the next generation of machines and apps. personal computer technology is outdated. how you’re using computer today is not much different from that 10 years ago. it’s true that machines are cheaper and faster now, but they are not smarter. with our software + hardware platform, we’ll be able to create the next generation machines, that are much more autonomous and intelligent. it also creates new and exciting opportunities for apps. we’ve launched the first product created on our platform this month and achieved some great success on kickstarter.

Flyability (Switzerland)

Mobile robots are offering an amazing cost and time saving opportunity for routine work and may spare human lives in dangerous tasks. However, current solutions are not robust enough to be reliably and safely used indoors or in environments cluttered with obstacles: ground robots tend to get stuck by the clutter and flying robots crash easily upon contact and are dangerous to operate close to humans. Our vision is to mimic the behavior of insects, like flies, which easily recover after encountering an obstacle by bouncing and continuing flying undisturbed. Flyability thus developed Gimball, a collision-proof miniature flying robot capable of remaining stable after collisions and safe to fly in contact with humans. The innovation of Gimball lies in the patented rotating mechanical design and flight control algorithms developed during 5 years of doctoral research at EPFL. This technology based on robustness and simplicity allows a safe access to places out of reach of current technologies, without the need for complex obstacle sensing and avoidance techniques, while delivering higher resolution images as it can fly in contact with structures. The company’s main target market is industrial inspection where, in collaboration with leading energy and infrastructure companies, it successfully proved the reliability of its product in challenging indoor environments such as boiler rooms, pipes or chimneys, as well as complex outdoor structures such as below the deck of bridges. Beyond industrial inspection, this game-changing innovation truly unleashes the power of drones and opens a world of new applications in security, search & rescue and entertainment.

This year, 6 high-profile international robotics industry investors will be on hand to judge the 5 finalists on Thursday July 2:

  • Malgosia Iwankowska – Co-Founder & Board Member of KB Medical SA
  • Anastasia Emmanuel – UK Hardware, Technology & Design at Indiegogo
  • Baybars Altuntas – Entrepreneur & Angel Investor, VP of Eban-Belgium
  • Jean-Philippe Olier – VP Business Development, Safran
  • Alexandre Ichai – Founder, Robotcapital & Director, Robotlab
  • Oussama Ammar – Co-Founder and Partner, Thefamily

For more information on the panel and Call for Startups, visit

The 34 other challengers to our Call for startups

These startups didn’t make it to the semi-finals, but they deserve some visibility as well 🙂 Meet the 34 challengers !

  • Rational Robotics : Robots that paint parts automatically! Uses vision No programming needed.
  • InMoov : InMoov is the First 3DPrinted Humanoid Life Size Robot for Scientists, Universities, Schools, Makers, Artists to 3d print and program.
  • Perspective Robotics : Fotokite is an interactive personal flying camera that may be used virtually anywhere with minimal preparation or training.
  • The Construct : The Spotify of robotics simulation has arrived! Any simulator, on any device from anywhere in the world!
  • ootsidebox : @ootsidebox Touchless 3D Gesture User Interface “Touchless and Gesture Control will be everywhere”
  • MIP robotics : Industrial Robot Democratization We develop cheap and easy to use robots.
  • Prizm : Prizm is a learning device that intuitively plays the perfect music on your speakers, based on people in the room and the context.
  • Wandercraft : Wandercraft develops an exoskeleton enabling disabled people to walk again in full autonomy.
  • Behaviour Labs : Behaviour Labs, develops robotic software solution for an experimental autism therapy.
  • epawn : ePawn’s unique technology brings never-seen-before intelligence in connected toys.
  • TOI ThingsOnInternet : Tired of wasting time wiring and coding? Viper is the smart objects development suite that brings cloud and IoT to your projects in a click.
  • Smart Me Up : Smart Me Up is a leader in real-time face analysis technology : it can estimate age, gender, position of head or emotions.
  • Robological PTY LTD : A Delightfully Simple Way to Build and Connect Robots and Things – Ro-buddy Connect your world.
  • Creative Bits : Snowball enables non-technical people invent technologies to make smart homes and smart cities applications in few minutes.
  • Transist Video LLC : The system of video-based navigation for unmanned aerial vehicles. Its application for navigation and airborne terrestrial robots control.
  • Salvius Robotics : Salvius is an open source humanoid designed to inspire students to learn about STEM principles through advanced robotics.
  • Lockea : Lockea is a connected + motorised lock that automatically unlocks by touching your door whilst keeping your phone in your pocket.
  • CDD : Our product, OPRA is a robot development platform which allows hobbyists and startups to commercialize their idea for a robot application.
  • Padbot : PadBot is a telepresence robot. You can use PadBot to represent remotely by showing video, voice and movements in real-time.
  • Que Innovations : Technology/robotics company that develops innovative products for early child development and autism therapy.
  • SK Teknoloji : We want to be part of tomorrow technology. We aim to build modular robots that make use of different applications; like appstore/googleplay
  • Perceptual Robots : Bringing the spark of life to robots! Using the revolutionary secret of behaviour our robots are not just dynamic and intelligent but alive!
  • Immersive Robotics : Cross the screen: transfer into Waldo in 3D, be anywhere! Walk Waldo once through some house chore. Next time tap or voice command will do !
  • Under the Pole : An open-source ROV for underwater polar exploration #Science #Education #Documentary.
  • Solaris Cybernetics of New Jersey : We build robots that are plant-machine hybrids for sustainable agriculture.
  • BookScanner SA : We will digitize all short of books -no matter size, weight, cover, age- with robotics technology.
  • XTIM : the new drone inspired by biomimicry
  • CLIP&BIKE : Fauteuils électriques pour handicapés modifiés en robot d’aide à la personne facilitant le déplacement dans les parkings et lieux publics.
  • MACCO Robotics : Robotica para marketing y hoteles
  • xavier’s robotik : I have hacked a vtech keybord !
  • Symbiontronic Technologies Corp. : N/A
  • Forgium : Forgium is a company that provides industrial solutions related to 3D printers not only to other companies but also to individuals.
  • Desolenator : We’ve patented and developed the most affordable and environmentally friendly method to purify water – a real solution to the water crisis!
  • M-Tecks ROBOTICS : 12 ways to improve your inspection efficiency and your added-value to the client