Google invests in robotics start-up Savioke

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Google has further demonstrated its interest in robotics by investing in a Silicon Valley start-up that specialises in the field.

The internet giant, which has acquired eight robotics companies in the past 12 months, has not revealed how much it has invested in Savioke, as the company is called.

However, the nascent business has revealed it has received 1.2 million in seed finance from sources including Google Ventures, the company's investment arm.

Savioke is yet to reveal its first product. What is known about the company, however, is that its robots are focused on the service industry and initial customer trials are set to be carried out at some point this year.

In a blog post, Steve Cousins, CEO of Savioke, said: "We are passionate about delivering easy-to-use, yet sophisticated robots that can help people.

"Our goal is to improve the lives of people by developing and deploying robotic technology in service environments."

Andy Wheeler, general partner at Google Ventures, added: "As the lines continue to blur between industrial and personal robotics industries, Google Ventures is thrilled to be working with an exceptional group of people at Savioke.

"Steve and his team already have had a lot to do with moving the robotics industry forward. The next act promises to be even more revolutionary."

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