Microsoft, Cat and GE invest in robotics

Microsoft has joined a number of other companies in a US$10.5 million investment round for Sarcos Robotics, helping the company move its Guardian exoskeleton to the market faster
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The Guardian exoskeleton has numerous applications in mining

Staff reporter

Sarcos’s Guardian line includes several heavy-duty robots meant to handle dangerous jobs in all kinds of “unstructured environments,” with the devices having both military and industrial applications, such as oil and gas exploration to mining and construction.

Sarcos has offices in Washington, US, near Microsoft’s Redmond campus, and in Salt Lake City, Utah. The company was purchased by Raytheon in 2007 until a management buy-out in 2015 resulted in the company once again becoming an independent entity.

As part of the deal Microsoft’s ex-CFO Peter Klein will be joining Sarcos’s board.

Other companies investing include Caterpillar Ventures and GE Ventures.