Diligent Robotics right this moment introduced the shut of a $10 million Series A spherical to broaden its fleet of nurse assistant robots for hospitals.
Moxi is made to assist cut back nurse workloads by doing issues like accumulating provides, gathering dirty linens or delivering recent ones, and involves the market at a time when there’s a nurses of shortages. Help can even imply much less publicity to illness for well being care professionals sorely wanted throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Moxi was created by Diligent Robotics at University of Texas, Austin by CEO Dr. Andrea Thomaz, a roboticist and professor who beforehand ran the Georgia Tech Socially Intelligent Machines Lab.
“It’s a really good time to be working on this problem,” Thomaz advised VentureBeat in a cellphone interview. “Now more than ever there’s kind of a spotlight on how overworked and what a shortage there is of frontline hospital staff, so we’re anxious to get more robots out there to help.”
Robots like UVD’s ultraviolent light-emitting robotic and others used for telepresence are being deployed to combat coronavirus.
Moxi carried out greater than 3,000 hours of testing in Austin and Dallas, Texas hospitals in 2018 and 2019, and earlier this 12 months began work with its first buyer, Medical City Healthcare in Dallas, Texas. The firm has not but shared particular information on simply how a lot time Moxi provides again to human nurses, however these figures could also be shared in a future white paper, Thomaz mentioned.
Diligent Robotics beforehand raised $5 million in a seed spherical. The $10 million spherical was led DNX Ventures with participation from True Ventures, Ubiquity Ventures, Next Coast Ventures, Grit Ventures, E14 Fund, and Promus Ventures. Diligent Robotics was based in 2017, has 18 staff, and is predicated in Austin.