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Bristol robotics company enters agreement with Apple

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 20 November 2017 15:29

Bristol robotics company enters agreement with Apple

Bristol-based Reach Robotics, the creators of augmented reality gaming robots Mekamon, has entered into a retail agreement with Apple.

The company's robot is being placed in Apple Stores and being made available online.

Reach Robotics, which was set up in 2013 at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) Technology Incubator by UWE graduate Silas Adekunle, pictured above centre, and Chris Beck who had been working as a roboticist in the BRL, has experienced fast growth in the past few months and the firm is moving out of its offices at Future Space in Bristol.

The company, which has taken space for its 29 members of staff at Bristol Business Park, has secured $9.5m (£7.1m) of investment funding from organisations which, says Adekunle, could “see the potential for what we were developing”.

Adekunle said: “When I was a student at UWE Bristol I spent some time going into schools to help inspire young people and it struck me that there was a huge untapped market for a consumer robot with a difference.

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“We used to go in and explain simple robotics to try to inspire the young roboticists and engineers of the future and this experience set me off thinking about designing gaming robots."

Reach Robotics is anticipating fast future growth and is looking to target the UK and US market in the lead up to Christmas.

Adekunle added: “This is an exciting time for our company as now after years of development work we are finally able to bring Mekamon to customers across the UK and US and with plans to go global.

"UWE Bristol has given us an amazing start and we are so grateful for their support.”

 

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