SAN DIEGO, CA, Sept. 25, 2018 — Brain Corp, an AI company specializing in the development of self-driving technology for robots, announced today that effective August 1, 2018 it entered the Japanese robotics market in partnership with SoftBank Robotics Corp. (“SoftBank Robotics”).
Together, the two companies will address gaps in Japan’s commercial cleaning workforce with SoftBank Robotics’ robotic floor scrubber powered by BrainOS. The first SoftBank Robotics’ product integrated with Brain’s autonomous navigation technology will be the ICE RS26 floor scrubber.
“We are thrilled to roll out our autonomous technology in the Japanese market, which has traditionally been ahead of the robotics curve,” says Brain Corp Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Eugene Izhikevich. “Last year, we announced our goal of entering the market by summer 2018 and we are excited by the momentum. By bringing our autonomous technology to Japan, Brain Corp and SoftBank Robotics will help the commercial cleaning industry increase productivity and better support its existing workforce to make up for severe labor shortages. Japan represents our first international market for BrainOS-powered robots.”
BrainOS, Brain Corp’s award-winning AI platform, comes fully integrated with automated driverless technology. Cleaning professionals can program a route after an initial ride then activate driverless floor cleaning with the press of the “Blue Autonomy” button. The self-driving machine uses multiple sensors to scan its surroundings for people and obstacles. To date, Brain’s autonomous technology safety record rates are the highest within the industry.
“SoftBank Robotics prides itself on partnering with companies that share our goal of bringing helpful, impactful technologies to the world,” says SoftBank Robotics CBO, Kenichi Yoshida. “With its vision of helping to make robots a part of everyday life, Brain Corp is one such company. We look forward to working together to bring new, exciting and innovative technologies to people around the world.”
Brain Corp partners with original equipment manufacturers to integrate BrainOS into their manually driven machines, allowing for smart, self-driving capabilities. The first robots with BrainOS technology are autonomous cleaning machines which operate daily in dynamic and complex peopled environments, such as malls, airports, and retail stores.
Brain Operating System (BrainOS®)
BrainOS® is the foundation of Brain Corp technology. It is a proprietary operating system that integrates off-the-shelf hardware and sensors to provide a cost-effective “brain” for robots. BrainOS has computer vision and AI libraries that enable quick and efficient development of smart systems that learn and adapt to people and complex environments. Its navigation stack provides advanced self-driving capabilities for cluttered and dynamic indoor environments.
About Brain Corporation
Brain Corporation (Brain Corp) is a San Diego-based AI company that partners with manufacturers of commercial equipment and consumer electronics to convert their manually operated products into autonomous robots. Brain Corp’s technology represents the next generation of artificial brains for robots. Brain Corporation is funded by the SoftBank Vision Fund and Qualcomm Ventures. For more information or to access videos of its robots, please visit www.braincorp.com.
About SoftBank Robotics
SoftBank Robotics is driving technology forward by becoming a worldwide leader in robotics solutions. With more than 500 employees working in Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Boston and Shanghai, SoftBank Robotics is constantly exploring and commercializing all robotics solutions that help make people’s lives easier, safer, more connected, and more extraordinary. There are currently over 25,000 SoftBank Robotics robots, Pepper and NAO, used in more than 70 countries worldwide which offer innovative applications relevant for the fields of retail, tourism, healthcare, finance and education. To learn more about SoftBank Robotics, go to www.softbankrobotics.com.