News: Blue Ocean Robotics raises $12M and continues going higher
Unlike most other companies in the robotics market, Blue Ocean Robotics focuses on more than one product, with a range of solutions for industries such as healthcare, hospitality, construction and agriculture. In 2019, the value of the Danish company doubled, new acquisitions were introduced in their portfolio and, during the last two months of the year, Blue Ocean has hired nearly one new employee every day. The new funding round will support ongoing growth.
Blue Ocean is known for developing professional service robots from the problem, idea and design phase to the development, commercialization and scaling. Every robot is placed in its subsidiary, making Blue Ocean Robotics a Robot Venture Factory. This Venture company is responsible for scaling sales, customer service, support and everything else oriented towards global markets and customers.
“Service robots are playing an important role and becoming a natural and integrated part of our everyday lives, and as an investor, I want to support this development,” said Bo Stærmose, chairman at Juliana Drivhuse and Blue Ocean Robotics investor. “A great example of Danish innovation is Blue Ocean Robotics’ UV disinfection robot. It is currently being used at a number of hospitals around the world, where it prevents infections faster and more efficiently than humans can do manually”, he added.
Their portfolio of robots includes brands like UVD Robots, a mobile robot for disinfection, PTR Robots, a mobile robot for safe patient handling and rehabilitation and Beam Robots, a mobile telepresence robot for communication, social inclusion and CO2 reductions.
The popular acquisition of Beam
The company has acquired all assets and rights associated with Beam from Suitable Technologies, Inc. in Silicon Valley in August 2019. The robot has helped Microsoft Research optimize the day-to-day operations across its geographically dispersed engineering teams, enabled VMware employees to work from home 2-3 days a week while maintaining visibility and connection with the corporate office, and provided Michigan State University’s virtual students with an authentic on-campus presence.
“Beam can be used in such a wide range of scenarios, from security clearances to touring art museums and trade shows, to medical consultations, allowing sick children to interact with their school and friends,” explained the Blue Ocean Robotics CEO Claus Risager, who has seen a constant increase in Beam sales.
Blue Ocean has received Phase 1 grant from the European Innovation Council to develop the solution Huti. The robot is the first innovative physical barrier that can work with minimal human intervention, providing queue management, guidance and entertainment functions at airports.