Humanoid robotics company 1X Technologies has announced that, through a Series A2 funding round has raised US$23.5m (£18.9m) to pursue producing androids at commercial scale.
The company, 1X, was previously named Halodi Robotics and is a manufacturer and inventor of androids.
This round was led by the OpenAI Startup Fund, with participation from Tiger Global and a consortium of Norway-based investors, including Sandwater, Alliance Ventures and Skagerak Capital.
“1X is at the forefront of augmenting labor through the use of safe, advanced technologies in robotics,” said Brad Lightcap, COO of OpenAI and manager of the OpenAI Startup Fund. “The OpenAI Startup Fund believes in the approach and impact that 1X can have on the future of work.”
Griffin Schroeder, partner at Tiger Global, said: “We believe 1X’s androids are revolutionising the field of robotics and are excited to be investing alongside OpenAI to support their continued growth.”
The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Norway, with more than 50 employees globally. Its mission is to create androids with practical, real-world applications to augment human labour.