Robotics Clusters

This page explores the relative strengths of the leading robotics clusters–hopefully using data rather than opinions.   If the data is incomplete or incorrect, please let me know.

Cluster Activities

New England

Silicon Valley

Western Pennsylvania

Local Robotics Cluster http://masstlc.org/clusters/robotics.html http://www.svrobotics.org/ Informal
Does Cluster Survey Yes No No
AUVSI Chapter Yes http://www.auvsi.org/siliconvalley/Home/ http://www.auvsi.org/Pittsburgh/Home/
AUVSI Chapter Focus Aerospace and defense technical interchange; work on technical advisory committees for standards and regulations NASA, hobbyist UAS; relating The Valley to the wider unmanned systems community Community convening, working on starting a student robotic manipulation competition, improving business climate for robotics businesses in Allegheny region
Meetup.com Test Meetup.com “Boston” Meetup.com “San Francisco” Meetup.com “Pittsburgh”
Meet-up.com “Robot” 5 14 1 (An anime meet-up)  Update:  Pittsburgh has a real robotics meet-up, I started it.
Meet-up.com “Hardware” 3 17 2
Other Community Support Maker Faire
Homebrew Robotics
Swissnex 
DIY Drones (Editor lives in Berkeley)
Robot Launch Pad

Venture Capitalist Interest

Source:  http://www.hizook.com/blog/2012/03/01/venture-capital-vc-funding-robotics-2011

New England Silicon Valley Pittsburgh
2011 Venture Capital Funded Companies  4  4  2
 Value of Deals ($M) 34.1   (18% of global) 95.1  (49% of global) 26.7  (14%)
Counts Medorobotics as Boston, though it originated in Pittsburgh Does not count numerous “angel” funded companies in the same size range as VC deals This is $25M in growth capital for RedZone and a raise of $1.7M for Aethon

Incubation

This is based on my best efforts to find incubation resources through the clusters on-line presence, reports, Xconomy, etc.  Tellingly, many of the incubators that do accept hardware do not feature this prominently on their website.

  New England Silicon Valley Western PA
Incubators Accepting Hardware Several incubators accepting hardware (10<n<20) Many incubators that accept hardware (n>15) A few incubators accepting hardware (n<5)
Dedicated Hardware Incubation Lemnos Labs (Dedicated to Hardware)
Dedicated Robotics Incubation Robot Launch Pad (Dedicated Robotics Accelerator)
Hacker/DIY Spaces Artisan’s Asylum

MITERS

TechShops

NIMBY Space

Noisebridge

HackPittsburgh

TechShop (Coming Soon)

For more on hacker spaces try: http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Hackerspaces

Federal Government Support

Please Criticize my methodology.  I’m lazy, but I at least want to have facts and data about this.  But it looks like Boston gets the prize for federal support.  I’m open to adjusting the methodology to just look at basic research if someone has a good way to count consistently.

Gov. Investment (in Thousands of Dollars) Massachusetts California (Okay I admit it, SoCal is a big chunk) Pennsylvania (Similarly, includes Philly)
“Robotic” FY2011 USAspending.gov $86,400 $16,500 $35,600
“Unmanned” FY2011 USAspending.gov $329 $33,700 $657
Total $86,729 $50,200 $36,257

Source:  USASpending.gov FY2011

Robotic:

http://usaspending.gov/search?form_fields=%7B%22search_term%22%3A%22robotic%22%2C%22spending_cat%22%3A%5B%22g%22%2C%22c%22%5D%2C%22fyear%22%3A%5B%222011%22%5D%7D&sort_by=dollars&per_page=25

Unmanned:

http://usaspending.gov/search?form_fields=%7B%22search_term%22%3A%22unmanned%22%2C%22spending_cat%22%3A%5B%22c%22%2C%22g%22%5D%2C%22fyear%22%3A%5B%222011%22%5D%7D&sort_by=dollars&per_page=25

Public Companies and Workforce:

Company (1) Ticker Employees (2) Market Cap $M (3) % of Employees % of Market Cap Robotics Cluster
Accuray

NASDAQ:ARAY

                   1,100

  463

20%

2%

SV

Adept

NASDAQ:ADEP

                       183

43

3%

0%

SV

Aerovironment

NASDAQ:AVAV

                       768

  577

14%

2%

SV

Hansen

NASDAQ:HNSN

                       174

 135

3%

1%

SV

Intuitive Surgical

NASDAQ:ISRG

                   1,924

  21,840

36%

88%

SV

iRobot

NASDAQ:IRBT

                       619

  606

12%

2%

BOS

MAKO Surgical

NASDAQ:MAKO

                       429

  1,110

8%

4%

Other

Stereotaxis Inc.

NASDAQ:STXS

                       171

 13

3%

0%

Other

Total

                   5,368

24,787

100%

100%

Silicon Valley

                   4,149

                           23,058

77%

93%

SV

Boston

                       619

                                 606

12%

2%

BOS

Pittsburgh

                          –

                                    –

0%

0%

PGH

Rest of U.S.

                       600

                             1,123

11%

5%

Other

Total

                   5,368

24,787

100%

100%

Silicon Valley (without ISRG)

                   2,225

                             1,218

65%

41%

SV
Boston (without ISRG)

                       619

                                 606

18%

21%

BOS
Pittsburgh (without ISRG)

                          –

                                    –

0%

0%

PGH

Rest of U.S. (without ISRG)

                       600

                             1,123

17%

38%

Other
Total

                   3,444

                             2,947

100%

100%

(1) Companies are U.S. public companies that have been identified by Frank Tobe’s or my own research as principally engaged in robotics
(2) Employee Count as of Last 10-K Filing
(3) Market Capitalization as of 6/24/2012

Sources:  Everything-Robotic.com, Robotic Business Review, SEC EDGAR System, Google Finance Data retrieved 6/24/2012

Culture, State support, innovation pipeline, etc… looking for measurements

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