Downtown Mountain View just got a lot more high tech with the latest addition to Castro Street.
InOrbit Inc., a software company dedicated to cloud-based robot operations, announced its new Robot Space in Mountain View on Feb. 6, and held a grand opening on Feb. 3. The new storefront is a community space, product showroom and concept store all in one, the company said, and gives visitors a chance to see robots in action.
InOrbit’s RobOps platform allows robots from different vendors to work together in the real world and perform tasks together like restocking merchandise and delivering customer orders, the company said in a statement.
“This ability to orchestrate multi-vendor robot fleets at scale through a single pane of glass is what sets InOrbit apart,” the company said. “Robotics companies that are part of the InOrbit Connect ecosystem will be able to showcase their robots in a realistic, yet scaled-down environment.”
InOrbit co-founder and CEO Florian Pestoni said the company’s goal is to show people how robots can help them in the real world.
“This is a space for the robotics community at large to learn and advance the state of the art in robot operations,” Pestoni said in the statement. “It’s also a place for everyone else – from kids to older adults – to experience how robots can help with everyday chores.”
In addition to giving the community a space to get hands-on with robots, the new InOrbit store will sell merchandise for all ages and the space is available for community events and robotics-related meetings. There are already plans to host Women in Robotics, Silicon Valley Robotics, and Robot Operations Group meetings there.
“In order to remain competitive, we need more high school girls and undergrad women to choose career paths in computer science and engineering,” said Andra Keay, president of Women in Robotics and managing director of Silicon Valley Robotics, in the statement. “The InOrbit Robot Space will be a great location for SVR and WiR events, helping attendees connect with successful women in robotics and get hands-on experience with the latest in robotics and robot operations.”
The InOrbit Robot Space is located at 293 Castro St. in Mountain View. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. beginning on Feb. 20.