Shadow Robot was born from a Founder with no tech background and curated by a small bunch of hobbyists meeting in our Founder’s attic. Fuelled by our passion for making robots, falling into a business as a prerequisite to fulfilling an order and flourishing through hard work, we got to this moment in time.
Still humble and honest with plenty of grit and goodness as Britain’s longest-running robot company.
Our talented engineers are passionate about building next-generation robot systems with advanced dexterity to help solve challenging problems or provide a meaningful purpose.
We are courageous enough to create world firsts and we’re not resting on a “buy off the shelf” approach. Each order is custom-made. There’s ongoing support if needed, but we’ll keep out if you don’t.
You may be a researcher, decision-maker or an employer looking to utilise advanced robotics within your projects; we’re here to make that happen using our diligence and over two decades worth of smart robot-making expertise.
Contact us to set up an informal meeting, to show you a demo of our products or to help you place an order.
We have a strict “robots for good” policy. Sometimes this involves us saying “no, thank you” so that we can take a more positive stand. Each proposal has the eyes of our Directors, and if we don’t like the idea, we won’t do it. Also, we don’t, and never will sell our robots for military use. We’ll be sharing an overview of our ethical stance soon – watch this space!
We’ve worked with some of the best organisations in the world, including NASA, GSK, Siemens, Google Brain, Honda, MIT and Qualcomm, amongst others.
We proudly own the relevant intellectual property (IP) rights for our products, making our offering unique and differentiating in the world of robotics. Our IP gives us a competitive edge in the market, allowing us to develop and deploy products that are tailored to the specific needs of our customers. Additionally, we actively seek out and develop new IP to ensure that our products are at the forefront of the robotics market. We strive to create products with the highest standard of quality and efficiency, ensuring that our customers are always satisfied.
Our Board Member and Director, Rich Walker, sits on the Innovate UK “Robotics and Autonomous Systems” SIG Advisory Board, which lets him influence the direction the UK takes in robotics in a way that is ethical and makes sense to SMEs and innovators.
Rich is also a Director of euRobotics, and a Director for AI, Data and Robotics Association (Adra asbl). He is heavily involved with various EPSRC and University networks and committees around robotics, promoting the ethical use of robots within the industry.
We play an active role in many collaborative projects, as researcher, developer, and end-user. Through these projects, we are able to utilize our expertise to create innovative solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of our customers. We also collaborate with other technology leaders and actively participate in industry-leading events to keep up with the latest trends in the robotics industry. Our involvement in various projects has enabled us to acquire the necessary knowledge and experience to build the most effective and efficient products available.
The Alconics (2019)
We are thrilled to have The AIconics award for Best Innovation in AI Hardware. This award is the world’s only independently judged award celebrating the drive, innovation and hard work in the international AI Community.
Queen’s Awards (2019)
Shadow Robot has been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation in recognition of our world-leading advances in robotics and outstanding commercial performance.
E&T Innovation Awards (2020)
In 2020, Shadow was lucky enough to win 3 amazing awards. The Awards celebrate the most pioneering engineering and technology innovations across 16 sectors, from energy and sustainability to transport and healthcare. The 3 awards were Excellence in R&D, Intelligent Systems and Tech For Good.
The Engineer (2021)
With our groundbreaking work with HaptX, Syntouch and Tangible Research, we won the Wildcard Award for our Tactile Telerobot, the world’s first haptic telerobot hand, capable of mimicking movements and transmitting touch from the other side of the planet and potentially one day even between planets.
AI Award (2021)
The Global Annual AI Awards celebrate the various achievements of the AI community in developing new algorithms, products and services across a number of different categories and industries. Shadow won the Best Hardware for AI / Best Hardware Startup for AI for our work with the Teleoperation Robot.