Bear Robotics was founded by John Ha, Juan Higueros, Fangwei LI and Brennand Pierce, in 2017 in Redwood City, California. The company aims to address the issues faced in the hospitality industry related to getting food from the kitchen to the table accident-free, and reducing manual effort.
Bear Robotics' hospitality robot is named Penny; Penny is a self-driving robot that is capable of delivering food from the kitchen to the customer, and plates to the bussing station. The robot also features customisation that allows it to be a food running bot, a drink service bot, or a bussing bot via swappable trays. Penny can run upto 12 hours per charge, weighs 33kg, and has a payload of 30kg. Bear Robotics also provides tech to enable restaurants to run multiple Penny robots at once.
The company specializes in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Autonomous Driving. The company has around 11 to 50 employees and has had 3 funding rounds. In the last funding round, Bear Robotics raised around $3M.