Meka Robotics

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Meka Robotics
FounderAaron Edsinger
Jeff Weber
San Francisco, California
United States
OwnerAlphabet Inc.

Meka Robotics was a San Francisco based company that made robotic systems.


Founded in 2006 by Aaron Edsinger and Jeff Weber, it was originally a spin-off of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory[1][2] before the founders relocated to San Francisco.

In 2007, the company provided a forearm and hand for MIT Media Lab's new robot, Nexi.

In 2008, the company teamed with the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology to develop Simon, an upper torso humanoid platform for human robot interaction.

In 2012, the company teamed with the Human Centered Robotics Group at the University of Texas at Austin to develop HUME, a "bipedal robot for human-centered hyper-agility."[3][4][5][6]

In 2012, the company entered into a joint venture with Willow Garage and SRI International to found Redwood Robotics, a company specializing in robotic arms.[7][8][9][10]

On December 5, 2013, Google X acquired Meka Robotics.[11]


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  2. ^ "About Us | Meka Robotics". Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Ackerman, Evan (March 27, 2012). "Meka and UT Austin Developing 'Hyper-Agile' Bipedal Robot". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  4. ^ Wagstaff, Keith (March 28, 2012). "New Sprinting Humanoid Robot Will One Day Come with Flexible Arms and Tactile Skin". Time. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Daw, David (March 27, 2012). "Meet the Robot That Can Run Like a Human". PCWorld. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  6. ^ M. Slovich; N. Paine; K.Kemper; A. Metzger; A. Edsinger; J. Weber; L. Sentis. "HUME: A Bipedal Robot for Human-Centered Hyper-Agility". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Deyle, Travis (May 3, 2012). "Redwood Robotics: New Silicon Valley Startup by Meka Robotics, Willow Garage, and SRI". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Roush, Wade (May 4, 2012). "Redwood Robotics Aims to Build Next Generation of Robot Arms". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Green, Tom (May 6, 2012). "Redwood Could Well Be The Apple, Inc. Of Robotics?". Robotics Business Review. Retrieved June 6, 2012. (subscription required)
  10. ^ Ackerman, Evan (May 7, 2012). "Redwood Robotics Brings Big Names to Next Gen Robot Arms". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  11. ^ "Google robotics: A review". The Robot Report. 2017-10-20. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  12. ^ Guizzo, Erico (February 16, 2011). "Meka Robotics Announces Mobile Manipulator With Kinect and ROS". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  13. ^ Eaton, Kit (February 17, 2011). "Meka Robot Works Well With Others--and Is Coming to Steal Your Job". Fast Company. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  14. ^ "Meka M1 - A Dexterous Mobile Manipulator for Researchers". Archived from the original on May 29, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  15. ^ Ackerman, Evan (October 12, 2011). "Video: Meka Robotics Talks Up its Anime-Style Expressive Head". IEEE Spectrum.
  16. ^ Anthony, Sebastian (October 12, 2011). "The next stage of human-robot love: Meet Meka's anime robot girl". ExtremeTech. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  17. ^ Hornyak,Tim (October 15, 2011). "Doe-eyed Dreamer robot looking for friends". CNET. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  18. ^ Melanson, Donald (November 29, 2010). "Meka, UT Austin researchers show off 'sociable' Dreamer robot head". Engadget. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  19. ^ "S2 Humanoid Head | Meka Robotics". Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012.

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