Boston becoming a social-robot mecca
First, there was Jibo, a robot for the home created by former MIT professor Cynthia Breazeal.Now, a French company called Blue Frog Robotics is looking to steal some of Jibo’s thunder by opening a Boston-area office.
Blue Frog’s first robot, a mobile Jetsons-like device named Buddy, has raised around $430,000 on Indiegogo. The company, which is four years old, has raised two angel rounds and is now in the process of raising a $5 million Series A round.Blue Frog has 15 employees and plans to triple that number in the months ahead as it expands to the U.S. The startup is looking to set up its first office in the Cambridge Innovation Center either in Boston or Cambridge.SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTERS & ALERTSReceive Boston Business Journal’s Morning Edition and Afternoon Edition newsletters and breaking news alerts.Sign Up”This is a mecca for robotics in the U.S.,” said Blue Frog chief operating officer Franck De Visme, regarding his decision to establish a U.S. office in Boston. Aside from Jibo, the Bay State is already home to a thriving robotics scene that includes Roomba maker iRobot Nasdaq: IRBT, the U.S. office for French robot manufacturer Aldebaran and health care robot company Vecna.