Covariant (company)

Covariant (company)

A software company utilizing artificial intelligence to create technology that can train robots new and complex skills. It was founded in 2017 and is located in Berkeley, California.

Covariant (formerly Embodied Intelligence) is a Berkeley-based artificial intelligence software company which specializes in creating products that can be used to teach robots new skills. The software produced by the company uses deep reinforcement and imitation learning in order to teach robotic devices. The stated intention of the company is to teach individual robots to complete a range of tasks, as opposed to just one and to have those robots be trained in any manufacturing environment in a short amount of time.

Product

The software created at Covariant is meant to be used with robotics in the manufacturing industry in an effort to automatize processes in places such as factories. The software can teach robotics to conduct tasks such as picking objects out of bins, assembling electronics, and manipulating objects such as wires, cables, and fabric.In order to learn these movements, Covariant connects a human to the robot using virtual reality devices and motion trackers. The robot can learn to do the task from this data and then imitate the task.

Timeline

May 6, 2020

Covariant raises $40 million in Series B

Covariant's Series B round brings the company's total funding to $67 million. New investor Index Ventures led the round, with participation from existing investor Amplify Partners and new investors including Radical Ventures.

People

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Role
LinkedIn

Peter Chen

Founder

Pieter Abbeel

Founder

Rocky Duan

Founder

Tianhao Zhang

Founder

Further reading

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Author
Link
Type
Date

A.I. Researchers Leave Elon Musk Lab to Begin Robotics Start-Up

Cade Metz

Web

November 6, 2017

This AI startup wants to solve the hard problem of robots picking things up

James Vincent

Web

November 10, 2017

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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News

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Author
Date
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Description
Brian Heater
May 6, 2020
TechCrunch
Covariant this week announced that it has raised a $40 million Series B, led by Index Ventures. The funding brings the three-year-old Berkeley startup's total funding up to $67 million. Co-founded by top UC Berkeley professor Pieter Abbeel, the company is dedicated to building autonomy for industrial robotics. It's a category that's growing hotter than [...]
Adam Satariano and Cade Metz
January 29, 2020
www.nytimes.com
At a facility near Berlin, a new kind of robot is automating tasks that until recently had been out of the reach of machines.

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