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September 24, 2018

Olis Robotics Acquires Machine Learning Startup

(Photo: Olis Robotics)

(Photo: Olis Robotics)

Olis Robotics, developer of next-generation remote robotics software, announced it has acquired Seattle-based machine learning startup White Marsh Forests (WMF).

Olis, formerly BluHaptics, has created a next-generation software platform built from the ground up that expands the capabilities of pilot-controlled service robots in the energy and space sectors and other harsh operating environments. The firm's technology enables vast improvements in robotic dexterity, precision, efficiency and overall mission success.

The addition of machine learning capabilities from WMF allows robots to recognize and remember objects critical for mission completion, such as valves, tools and potentially dangerous objects in dynamic environments. The Olis Operating System (OlisOS) also allows for new levels of precision control, progressive levels of autonomy, and advanced situational awareness for remotely operated robots.

WMF was launched by MIT Ph.D. and former Microsoft Partner Software Architect Steve White and Don Marsh who was a veteran Principal Software Architect at Microsoft and earned his Masters Degree from Berkeley. Both White and Marsh will join Olis as part of the acquisition.

“With the acquisition of leading-edge machine learning technology, we seized the opportunity to build ever-more powerful capabilities into our robotics software platform,” said Don Pickering, CEO of Olis Robotics. “Olis Robotics is the opposite of siloed technology, so we reversed the word into Olis. Instead of a singular siloed approach, we process a network of sensor data to extend the human senses of 3D vision, simulated-touch technology, and semi-autonomous movement and reactions.”

The recent name change from from BluHaptics to Olis Robotics also signifies the company’s evolution from the research and proof-of-concept phase to an applied commercialization phase, Pickering explained. Olis Robotics has won and currently maintains contracts with energy sector customers as well as with NASA and commercial space companies to enhance mission success.

“We’ve validated our technology by enhancing capabilities of robots operating in the most extreme environments,” Pickering said. “Our technology unlocks the ability for robots and sensors to conduct breakthrough work in offshore energy, nuclear decommissioning, environmental and health crises and in the infinite domain of space. Closer to home, our technology can be deployed for elder and disabled care, maintenance and service of bridges and buildings, and efficient inspection and repair of dams and other infrastructure.”

Read more on the company's recently launched remote robotics manipulator control system here.

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