Introducing Waypoint Robotics, a NH-based startup formerly known as Stanley Robotics that is focused on building robots for real-world applications to empower the workforce.
Jason Walker, CEO and Co-Founder of Waypoint Robotics, said the company will continue to follow the same culture and standards of innovation, manufacturing excellence, customer service, and dedication to employees as the companies from which they spun off – Stanley Innovation and Stanley Elevator.
“At Waypoint, we are laser-focused on developing autonomous mobile robots that are accessible to everyone who needs them,” said Walker. “In the USA, only about 10% of the companies that could be helped by automation are taking advantage of the technology. With the pressures of the global economy and the tightening labor market, small businesses must automate to survive. Our goal is to make robots that are technologically and financially accessible to small and large businesses alike.”
Waypoint will be exhibiting (booth 305) and speaking at the Robotics Summit and Showcase (May 23-24 in Boston). Walker will be featured in the “Autonomy & Opportunity” along with Jason Derenick, Vice President of Technology at Exyn Technologies. The panel will cover the gradual increase in the levels of autonomy and the the capacity for systems to move or perform tasks without human intervention. It is important for developers of robotics and automation technology to understand the various forms by which autonomy can be manifested, and what currently is technically possible or soon will be. Register for the Robotics Summit by April 20 to save 20%.
Waypoint’s flagship mobile robot – Vector – is a compact, ROS native, omni-directional, mobile robot; perfect for the laboratory or factory floor. Vector comes fully equipped and ready for use — a truly turnkey autonomous robot.
Walker said Waypoint’s robots are not only being used as platforms for the latest robotics research projects taking place at today’s top colleges and universities, but they are also already hard at work in manufacturing, industrial, and commercial facilities.
“Until now, if you wanted to have a robot in your shop, you needed to have a roboticist to go with it,” said Walker. “We are making robots so simple that they can be setup and used by a shipping & receiving clerk just as easily as a forklift or pallet jack. These robots aren’t meant to replace our great American workforce — they are meant to empower them.”
Waypoint Robotics Accepted into Accelerate NH
Waypoint also was recently accepted into Accelerate NH, an exclusive and aggressive startup accelerator program designed to support, nurture, and fund early-stage startups. As one of the 12 startups selected for the 2018 program, Waypoint will work with Alpha Loft through an intensive 14-week journey to iterate through their business and product hypothesis to identify what works, and ultimately to grow.
The program includes weekly educational sessions, direct mentorship from experienced industry professionals and networking/introductions to advance startup growth.
Alpha Loft, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the development of early-stage, scalable companies, has been running the accelerator program for the last four years. With a mission to empower the workforce with autonomous mobile industrial robots that are technologically, financially, and architecturally accessible, Waypoint designs and manufactures robots that give workers the tools they need to make their companies competitive in the global economy.
“We are honored and excited to be included in the Accelerate NH 2018 cohort,” said Walker. “AlphaLoft has done so much for the tech community in New Hampshire and the startups that they support. This program is about so much more than the startups; it’s about creating a thriving tech ecosystem and a culture of success for the people of New Hampshire. We are thrilled to be a part of it.”