Israeli startup MOV.AI lands $4M to bring the “Android of Androids” to life

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Today (Tuesday), Israeli startup MOV.AI, which develops operating systems for collaborative robots, or better known as Co-Bots, announced a $4 million extension to the company’s 2018 Seed funding round. The investment was led by SOMV, with participation from existing investors Viola Ventures and NFX. To date, MOV.AI has raised $8 million.Saving ROS manufacturers software development headachesMOV.AI developed an operating system that enables hardware-software separation, which essentially simplifies the development and implementation processes of robotic operating systems (ROS). In doing so, the company claims that robot manufacturers need not focus on developing proprietary software or providing support and updates for each robot.According to MOV.AI this leads to a drastic reduction in hardware costs and enables manufacturers and developers the ability to install in various kinds of robot key features like graphical interface for describing robotic behavior, autonomous navigation, obstacle avoidance, and compliance with safety requirements. At the same time, the company intends to contribute to the ROS community, offering various open-source tools so that the entire ROS developer community can benefit from MOV.AI developments now and in the future.In a conversation with Geektime, MOV.AI CEO Motti Kushnir explains that the open-source operating system is …

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