Savioke

Savioke (pronounced "savvy oak") is creating autonomous robot helpers for the services industry. We are passionate about delivering easy-to-use yet sophisticated robots that can help people. We aim to improve the lives of people by developing and deploying robotic technology in human environments - the places people live and work. Over time, personal robots will help people to achieve their potential, enhancing our strengths, overcoming our weaknesses, and endowing us with new capabilities we are just beginning to imagine. We are inspired by people who use technology to overcome disabilities, and we believe that robots have the potential to make all of our lives better. We treat our employees, our customers, our suppliers, our partners and most importantly those who use our technology with the respect that is due to all people. We enjoy what we do, and aim for our technology to bring joy those who encounter it. And we hold each other to a high level of responsibility and performance, so that as a company we can achieve great things. Focus, focus, focus. Every great journey begins with a single step. We will build the simplest mobile robot we can that provides value in the service industry, get them into the world, and grow from there. We are revolutionizing the way things move in hotels, elder care facilities, hospitals, restaurants… anywhere people sleep or eat. Our first product is not announced yet, so please stay tuned for more information.



about the company

Founders

Steve Cousins is passionate about building and deploying robotic technology to help people. Before founding Savioke, he was the President and CEO of Willow Garage, where he oversaw the creation of the robot operating system (ROS), the PR2 robot, and the open source TurtleBot. In the last three years of his tenure there, Willow Garage spun off 8 successful companies: Suitable Technologies (maker of the Beam remote presence system) Industrial Perception, Inc. (Acquired by Google in 2013) Redwood Robotics (Acquired by Google in 2013) HiDOF (ROS and robotics consulting) Unbounded Robotics The Open Source Robotics Foundation The OpenCV Foundation The Open Perception Foundation Steve is an active participant in the Robots for Humanity project. Steve has been a senior manager at IBM's Almaden Research Center, and a member of the senior staff at Xerox PARC. Steve holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, BS and MS degrees in computer science from Washington University, and earned a micro-MBA while at IBM.

Savioke in the press

Feb. 16, 2016

The Savioke Robot Is Headed To A Hotel Near You

The Relay was born when the team was working at Willow Garage to figure out how robots could help humans. After all, calling upon Baphomet and/or playing Firewatch takes absolute concentration and I don’t want humans intruding on my reverie. “It’s not a question of job risk, but the particular task of room delivery is being taken away from humans,” said Cousins. That’s why the folks at Savioke are building the Relay. The costs of building a smart robot went down thanks to the open source Robot Operating System and, in short, it got much easier to build a helper bot without breaking the bank.

Feb. 7, 2016

Robots deliver fun with hotel room service orders, and they don't expect a tip

The hotel staff punches in a room number on the robot's touch screen and Relay rolls into the elevator and up to the designated room. Instead, it is more likely to free up front desk staff to do more complicated hotel chores, he said. A few hotels put computer tablets in the rooms that guests can use to order room service, request a taxi or close the blinds. Major hotel operators such as Marriott International have created smartphone apps to let guests check in using their mobile devices. Although Relay is primarily a novelty designed to attract tech-happy guests, hotel owners and managers say they are pursuing other automation technology to cut down on the industry's two biggest expenses: staffing and energy costs.

Jan. 15, 2016

EDBI invests in US robotics company, Technology

EDBI, the corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board, has joined Intel Capital and Northern Light Venture Capital in providing US$15 million in Series A financing for robotics company Savioke. The Santa Clara, California-based company is creating autonomous robots for the services industry, including Relay, which is the world's first autonomous hotel delivery robot. Savioke aims to improve the lives of people by developing and deploying robotic technology in human environments, according to Steve Cousins, Savioke's CEO. Chu Swee Yeok, EDBI's CEO and president, said the organisation was pleased to support Savioke's activities in Singapore to advance the application of innovative robotics technology in the local services industry, and realise Singapore's vision as a Smart Nation. This round brings the total raised to date to US$17.6 million, following its seed investment from Morado Venture Partners, AME Cloud Ventures, Google Ventures, and additional individual investors.

Jan. 14, 2016

This room service robot is gaining ground in the world's posh hotels

It makes room deliveries independently, calling elevators via WiFi to navigate between floors. To observers, using a delivery robot to disrupt room service certainly seemed like a strange target for a promising group of Bay Area roboticists. Yesterday the maker of hotel delivery bot Relay announced $15 million in Series A financing. That brings the total raised for Savioke to $17.6 million, following seed investment from Morado Venture Partners, Google Ventures, and others. Since the introduction of Relay in late 2014, the robot fleet has been busy.

Jan. 14, 2016

StrictlyVC: January 14, 2016

Other participants in the round include Northern Light Venture Capital and EDBI, which invests for Singapore’s economic development agency. If ScrapeSentry raised venture funding, it doesn’t appear to have reported it. Slice of Lime doesn’t appear to have raised venture funding. Looker, a four-year-old, Santa Cruz, Ca.-based business intelligence startup, has raised $48 million in Series C funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Venture Capital Dispatch has more here.

Jan. 14, 2016

StrictlyVC: January 14, 2016

Other participants in the round include Northern Light Venture Capital and EDBI, which invests for Singapore’s economic development agency. If ScrapeSentry raised venture funding, it doesn’t appear to have reported it. Slice of Lime doesn’t appear to have raised venture funding. Looker, a four-year-old, Santa Cruz, Ca.-based business intelligence startup, has raised $48 million in Series C funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Venture Capital Dispatch has more here.

Jan. 13, 2016

Intel Joins Robotics Investing Boom, Backing Startup Savioke

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Jan. 13, 2016

Intel Capital leads $15M funding round to help Santa Clara-based Savioke develop its hotel room delivery robot

Enlarge Steve Cousins, founder and CEO of Santa Clara-based Savioke, which raised $15M to develop… moreCEO Steve Cousins founded the Santa Clara-based startup in 2013 to create autonomous robots for the services industry. Savioke will use the funding to expand sales, marketing and product developments for the Relay robot. The Relay robot is already making routine room deliveries at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Los Angeles on LAX/Century Boulevard and the Relay fleet made over 11,000 guest deliveries in 2015. Home of the Day Sponsor Listing Spacious and Captivating Home in Prime Pacific HeightsEnlarge Steve Cousins, founder and CEO of Santa Clara-based Savioke, which raised $15M to develop… moreRobotics startup Savioke raised $15 million in Series A funding Wednesday to develop its hotel room delivery robot. The company built Relay, the world's first autonomous hotel delivery robot, which is now deployed at five of the world's major hotel brands.

Jan. 13, 2016

Savioke’s Hotel Robots Spark $15M Investment for Robot Fleet

What’s the most commonly requested thing delivered by the hotel robots? One of the Savioke robots brought a Diet Coke to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich onstage as he was making a keynote speech. A high-profile Relay delivery at the Intel Developer Forum in August might have foreshadowed the funding from Intel’s investment arm. The Santa Clara, CA-based startup, founded in 2013, plans to use the cash infusion to expand its fleet of rolling robots, which deliver towels, Starbucks coffee, and other items, to hotel guests at their doors. Savioke announced during the forum that it had equipped its robots with Intel’s RealSense cameras.

Jan. 13, 2016

Intel Joins Robotics Investing Boom, Backing Startup Savioke

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