Marvelmind Robotics List

Just a list of robotics companies that caught our attention at some point of time with comments relevant to that moment.

 

The list is created by us for us, first of all. But it may be useful to anyone interested in the field.

 

Things move quickly. Thus, please, pay attention to the dates of entry. Info can be easily outdated.

 

Focus of the list is on autonomous robotics companies and companies in precise indoor positioning.

 

Since many companies operate in several fields, we had to assign them to the most relevant field from our point of view.

Table of Contents

Autonomous robots

Service robotics (cafe, hospitals, advertising and similar)

09 nov 2020

– Produce several types of autonomous delivery robots: for cafe, for COVID-19 disinfection

– Claim 30+ countries and 500+ cities and #1 in the food delivery

– Use Intel Realsense in the bottom main chassis for positioning

– Use the same platform for several robot variants

– Established in 2016 in Shenzhen, China; > 1000 robots sold & 800,000 km covered; investments: B round 15MUSD and B+ round 15MUSD in 2020

Indoor Positioning

There are several key technologies we track here. The highest focus is on UWB as a technology designed for positioning unlike BLE or WiFi or Lora or ZigBee. But we list some players in those fields as well despite hundreds of them active worldwide.

Ultra Wideband (UWB)

11 nov 2020

– De facto a lead UWB chip/module vendor. The vast majority of all UWB independent solution providers in the world are using their chips or ready to use UWB modules and rely on Decaway’s low- and mid-level software. It means that nearly all physical-level technical specifications of all UWB solution providers are about the same. As well as all pros and cons of the UWB solutions are also totally dependent on Decawave and are very similar

– A very good solution overall

11 nov 2020

– A former BLE solution vendor turned to UWB solution vendor as well

BLE beacons

11 nov 2020

NXP

– Potentially, a very big UWB chip player. But their business model in regards to UWB is not clear. They seem to supply chips to large cellular phone vendors or something. We couldn’t find readily available chips or modules similar to those from Decawave, for example. They could be a very nice alternative to Decawave

11 nov 2020

– A seemingly small UWB player. We know little about it

UWB antennas and other parts

11 nov 2020

– A very interesting provider of antennas for UWB, connectors and other IoT solutions in general

Other lists and links collections

11 nov 2020

– A report by MarketsandMarkets, an analytics company:

 

The global UWB market is estimated to grow from USD 1.1 billion in 2020 to USD 2.7 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 19.6%. Major factors driving the growth of the UWB market include the rising demand for UWB technology in RTLS applications, the growing deployment of this technology in mobile devices, and the increasing adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

 

In 2019, the UWB market was mainly dominated by Decawave (acquired by Qorvo Inc.(US)), Apple (US), 5D Robotics (US), Pulse~LINK (US), BeSpoon (France), Zebra Technologies (US), NXP Semiconductors (Netherlands), Texas Instruments (US), Johanson Technology (US), Alereon (US), LitePoint (US), Fractus Antennas (Spain), Nanotron Technologies (Germany), Samsung Electronics (South Korea), Sony (Japan), Ubisense (UK), Alteros (Ohio), and Starix Technology (US). These players have adopted various growth strategies, such as product launches and developments, and acquisitions to further expand their presence in the global UWB market. Product launches and developments have been the most adopted strategies adopted by major players from 2017 to 2019, which helped them to innovate on their offerings and broaden their customer base.

 

To know about the assumptions considered for the study download the pdf brochure.

 

Decawave (Ireland) is the dominant player in the global UWB market. The company is engaged in designing and manufacturing of integrated circuits for real-time location and communication systems based on its UWB wireless technology platform. UWB products offered by Decawave support the IEEE802.15.4-2011 standard and offer precision in line of sight applications. The company offers a UWB-based DWM1000 chip. Decawave opened its first office in the US in 2014 to expand its geographical reach and also has regional offices in California (US) and China and marks presence in South Korea, France, and Japan.

 

Apple (US) is a major player in the UWB market. The company designs, manufactures, and markets smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearables, and accessories, as well as offers a wide range of related services. The company operates through 2 segments, namely, Products and Services. The company has designed U1 chips that use ultra-wideband technology for spatial awareness, e.g., allows iPhone 11 to precisely locate other U1-equipped Apple devices. These chips are currently used in iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Apple expanded the number of retail locations and its geographical coverage, with 506 stores across 25 countries worldwide as of 2018.

11 nov 2020

– A list of Ultra Wideband (UWB) Manufacturers & Services by RF Cafe