The current era is amid a significant transformation regarding the way products are produced thanks to the automation and digitization of manufacturing. From the first industrial revolution (mechanized production through steam engines) to the mass production and assembly lines using electricity in the second and computers and automation adopted in the third, the Industry 4.0 will further enhance our lives through technologies including smart connectivity, cloud computing, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The society of Industry 4.0 is a world where intelligent robot arms will potentially be used in every aspect of our lives, including education, industry, business and daily life. Every revolution in Industry will result in the revolution of Education.
But unfortunately, education seems to still lag behind and not nurture the kind of talents capable of solving the real and practical problems the industry is facing or will potentially deal with. The challenge in the future could not be the lack of employment, but the shortage of skilled talents that the new jobs will demand. It’s time for education to keep up with the speed of technology development and take the responsibility to lay a solid foundation for tomorrow's workforce needed in Industry 4.0 and AI era, which is exactly the mission DOBOT is destined to carry on.
Dedicated to effectively cultivating robotic talents to better serve the needs of Industry 4.0 and the future, DOBOT will do its best to popularize the concept, knowledge and application of smart robotic arms and associated AI technologies, bridge the gap between current STEM education and industrial needs and finally help people learn how to take advantages of intelligent robotic arms to improve their own lives to lead in the era of industrial upgrading and artificial intelligence.
Founded in 2015, DOBOT is a global leading technology solution provider for the robotics industry, focusing on the development of all-perceptive intelligent robotic arms that integrate perception and interaction.
In October 2015, DOBOT launched a Kickstarter campaign for it first generation of desktop robotic arm called DOBOT, and ultimately raised $650,000, far exceeding its initial funding goal. Ever since then, DOBOT has witnessed a soaring period of rapid development and to. In just three years, DOBOT has expanded its product system by releasing DOBOT Magician, DOBOT M1, DOBOT Mooz, DOBOT SR industrial series, etc., reaching customers in education, business and industry.
No matter what achievements and progress DOBOT has made in these years, its founder, Jerry Liu, has never forgotten his original intention, which is to bring robots into the whole world and into the lives of ordinary people by breaking the limits of technology and borders. DOBOT will always stick to its mission and help people learn how to take advantages of robotic arms to improve their own business and lives.
- July 2015,
DOBOT was officially established by Jerry Liu and six of his classmates in robotics engineering.
- Sep. 2015,
The first DOBOT robotic arm made a splash on Kickstarter, the world's leading crowdfunding website, with the world's first desktop intelligent robotic arm
- Aug. 2016,
DOBOT Magician was officially unveiled as an updated version of the first-generation robotic arm.
- Oct. 2016,
DOBOT M1, the lightweight human-machine cooperation robotic arm was released at the Hannover Messe in Germany.
- Dec. 2016,
DOBOT received its Series A funding, ready to expand its market share and address more challenges in the future.
- Oct. 2017,
DOBOT launched a multi-functional modular 3D printer - DOBOT Mooz, which is capable of 3D printing, laser engraving and CNC carving.
- Nov. 2017,
DOBOT Magician won the CES2018 Innovation Award.
- Jan. 2018,
Both DOBOT Magician and DOBOT Mooz won the German iF Design Award.
- Mar. 2018,
Both DOBOT Magician and the DOBOT Mooz won the German Red Dot Award.
- Jun. 2018,
DOBOT completed its Series A+ financing, becoming one of the most valuable robotics startups in the country.
- Sep. 2018,
DOBOT released more than 10 different industrial robotic arm demos in Shanghai CIIF, featuring all-perception, 3D vision, man-machine cooperation, voice control etc.
So far, DOBOT has set up several branches in Shandong, Shanghai, the United States etc., further expanding its worldwide footprint and reaching out for more than 100,000 users. DOBOT has built more than 40 main distributing centers around the world and is way ahead in the robotic arm industry. DOBOT aims to make higher achievements and tackle harder challenges in the future.
Key members of DOBOT development team all graduated from well-known domestic and foreign universities, including Shandong University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and MIT, and worked in famous enterprises like ABB and Huawei. DOBOT did all the research and development on its own in major technological areas like vision, controlling, drivers, and the robotic body. DOBOT is the one and only enterprise in the country that utilizes fully self-developed encoders, controllers, and drivers to support the multiple-in-one servo driver technology. Main products of DOBOT have achieved high precision of 0.2mm at a reasonable cost.
In terms of qualification and patents, DOBOT has passed ISO9001 quality management system, ISO14001 environmental management system and GB/T29490 intellectual property management system certification. DOBOT has always adhered to independent innovation. Up to now, it has more than 260 intellectual property rights in the field of robotics, including 9 international invention patents (PCT), 140 Chinese patents, 39 software copyrights, and 72 registered trademarks, covering the world's top 40 economies.
Through years’ dedication in the robotic industry, DOBOT has developed several amazing products, which have drawn the attention of famous companies and organizations from all over the world. DOBOT robotic arms have showcased at various important occasions, like the Google I/O, the 23rd Korea PyeongChang Winter Olympics and CCTV online Spring Festival Gala in 2017 and 2018. Besides, DOBOT has cooperated with renowned companies including Volkswagen, Tencent Cloud and Alibaba in smart factories, robots and artificial intelligence.
In January 2017, DOBOT cooperated with Alibaba’s Aliyun to write Spring Festival couplets and demonstrate the integration of modern technology and traditional culture. Four months later in May, DOBOT Magician appeared at Google I/O as the only Chinese product. Enhanced by Google TPU2 and TensorFlow, DOBOT Magician successfully showed practical applications like sorting candies of the latest technologies in the field of image and speech recognition and machine learning. At the end of 2017, DOBOT Magician was utilized in Volkswagen production line with Siemens PLC to perform automatic manufacturing, which would be shown in the training of Volkswagen new workers. DOBOT also established strategic ties with Tencent Cloud to build smart factory together and featured a calligraphy performance in the CCTV New Year's Gala broadcast, drawing further publicity.
Apart from business cooperation, DOBOT robots make great contribution to introduce robotics and the underlying algorithms to students in STEAM education. For instance, University of Technology Sydney purchased over 20 DOBOT Magician to assist teaching process. DOBOT robotic arms are used for multiple teaching subjects as demonstration and assignments for students. DOBOT robots provide students with the opportunity to learn about the variety of robot manipulation tasks that could potentially be performed by robots and understand the robot’s manipulator pose, kinematics and control. With access to DOBOT robotic arms, students can build their own simulated industrial robot by modelling the robot arm and then writing control and planning software so that it can perform motion tasks.
Not only for universities, high schools can also benefit from bringing DOBOT robotic arms to class to teach high school students advanced manufacturing and automation techniques. Take Cazenovia High School for example, the school switched to using DOBOT robotic arms in the 2017-18 school year. Therefore, students were able to learn more advanced robotics and programming faster than ever before. Meanwhile, teachers were able to conveniently teach more industrial concepts. The accuracy and build quality of the robots make them robust enough for classroom use by high school students, and the software programming is intuitive and is very easy to use.