OUR ROOTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Messrs. Avik De and Gavin Kenneally are quintessential entrepreneurs. While completing their PhDs at Penn under Daniel Koditschek, famed legged roboticist at the GRASP Lab, they began their journey to build a better-legged robot after experiencing the state-of-the-art at that time, which was not scalable for commercialization and relied on expensive, fragile, and non-standard components. More importantly, they recognized the need to build mobile robots for customers, not just viral videos and lab experiments.
Before formally launching the company in 2015 with Jiren Parikh, they spent years developing the foundational architecture and electronics, including a high bandwidth actuator and ultra-fast small-footprint reactive controller system that mimics how mammals move over unstructured terrain, while compensating for the fundamental drawbacks of mechanical systems trying to emulate biological designs.
OUR FIRST ROBOT: GHOST MINITAUR
The Ghost Minitaur was our first creation. The first direct-drive legged robot with the agility, capabilities and ease of programmability that we envisioned legged robotic systems should have to be useful and allow innovators to create new applications.