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Ascent Robotics

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About Ascent Robotics

Ascent Robotics is an artificial intelligence (AI) company developing solutions in industrial robotics and autonomous vehicles. It develops commercial applications of artificial intelligence, deep learning, and software for robotics and mobility solutions. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

Headquarters Location

11 Giraffa, 1-6-10 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku

Tokyo, 150-0012,



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Industrials / Manufacturing Tech

Robotic operating systems are software and firmware products for managing industrial robots, such as controllers, cameras, sensors, and robotic arms.

Ascent Robotics named as Highflier among 4 other companies, including Osaro, Symbio Robotics, and Micropsi Industries.

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Ascent Robotics's Products & Differentiators

    Ascent Pick

    Robot random picking solution

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CB Insights Intelligence Analysts have mentioned Ascent Robotics in 1 CB Insights research brief, most recently on Jan 24, 2023.

Expert Collections containing Ascent Robotics

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Ascent Robotics is included in 4 Expert Collections, including Auto Tech.


Auto Tech

2,042 items

Startups building a next-generation mobility ecosystem, using technology to improve connectivity, safety, convenience, and efficiency in vehicles.Includes technologies such as ADAS and autonomous driving, connected vehicles, fleet telematics, V2V/V2X, and vehicle cybersecurity.



2,342 items

This collection includes startups developing autonomous ground robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotic arms, and underwater drones, among other robotic systems. This collection also includes companies developing operating systems and vision modules for robots.


Artificial Intelligence

10,393 items

This collection includes startups selling AI SaaS, using AI algorithms to develop their core products, and those developing hardware to support AI workloads.


Advanced Manufacturing

4,109 items

Companies focused on the technologies to increase manufacturing productivity, ranging from automation & robotics to AR/VR to factory analytics & AI, plus many more.

Ascent Robotics Patents

Ascent Robotics has filed 1 patent.

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Latest Ascent Robotics News

Metaverse is pointless and VR headsets annoying, says the man who invented PlayStation

Jan 21, 2022

Metaverse is pointless and VR headsets annoying, says the man who invented PlayStation Metaverse is pointless and VR headsets annoying, says the man who invented PlayStation Ken Kutaragi invented the PlayStation and created the video game business for Sony Group back in 1993, but he is now leading an artificial intelligence startup in Japan. Ken Kutaragi thinks metaverse is a waste of time. (Source: Reuters) Shubham Verma Story highlights Ken Kutaragi has shrugged off metaverse and said headsets are annoying. He said the VR headsets are a sticking point and there is in no point in pursuing them. Kutaragi is currently occupied in a project that wants to create skilled robots. Metaverse may hold a fascination for many, especially with new technologies around it emerging every day, but it has apparently failed to impress the man who is known as the "Father of PlayStation." Ken Kutaragi, who invented the PlayStation and created the video game business for Sony Group back in 1993, has dismissed metaverse as the next big thing in the world of technology. "Being in the real world is very important, but the metaverse is about making quasi-real in the virtual world, and I can't see the point of doing it," the 71-year-old entrepreneur who is now the boss of Japan's Ascent Robotics said. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Kutaragi downplayed the projects that are either underway or are in the pipeline by big companies to shape up the metaverse the way they have envisioned it. "You would rather be a polished avatar instead of your real self? That's essentially no different from anonymous messageboard sites," he said. Metaverse will have to rely on AR and VR headsets and they will also be a part of advancements that this field of technology may witness in the future. But Kutaragi believes headsets associated with metaverse technology are a sticking point. "Headsets would isolate you from the real world, and I can't agree with that," he said. "Headsets are simply annoying." Metaverse is a term coined for a virtual realm that makes in-person activities, such as attending a meeting, playing sports, shopping, etc., an experience that you can easily have with a headset through a combination of different immersive technologies such as mixed reality, along with the internet. Metaverse is also the reason Facebook changed its name to Meta as CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants the company to be the frontrunner in the race to adopt this new technology in its prime. Several other companies, such as Apple, Sony, Nvidia, Microsoft, Roblox, Amazon, are also investing heavily in headsets and metaverse technology. But Kutaragi is not a fan. His company, Ascent Robotics, which is based in Tokyo, is directing its efforts into a different category to create a technology that Kutaragi thinks will help transform real-world objects into computer-readable data. He wants to create robots that can perform a variety of tasks, but all simple so that human labour can move on to complex ones. "Current robots do not have software and sensors that can match humans in understanding the real world and reacting to things they see for the first time, and our short-term goal is to offer a solution to that," Kutaragi told Bloomberg News. "Because you want robots to be able to create a variety of things, not just countless units of the same thing."

Ascent Robotics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Ascent Robotics founded?

    Ascent Robotics was founded in 2016.

  • Where is Ascent Robotics's headquarters?

    Ascent Robotics's headquarters is located at 11 Giraffa, 1-6-10 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

  • What is Ascent Robotics's latest funding round?

    Ascent Robotics's latest funding round is Corporate Minority.

  • How much did Ascent Robotics raise?

    Ascent Robotics raised a total of $20.73M.

  • Who are the investors of Ascent Robotics?

    Investors of Ascent Robotics include Bridgestone, Sony, SBI Group, SBI Investment and Bart Joseph Broadman.

  • Who are Ascent Robotics's competitors?

    Competitors of Ascent Robotics include Cambrian Robotics.

  • What products does Ascent Robotics offer?

    Ascent Robotics's products include Ascent Pick.

Compare Ascent Robotics to Competitors

Mech-Mind Robotics

Mech-Mind Robotics develops software solutions for industrial robots, including robotic vision (2D/3D), advanced programming models, fast environment perception, intelligent decision-making, autonomous path planning, and other core technologies. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Beijing, China.

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Micropsi Industries

Micropsi Industries is a robotics software company. Its system performs movements that react to minute changes in the environment as perceived by the cameras or force sensors and is trained through demonstration, correction, and repetition. It was founded in 2014 and is based in Berlin, Germany.

Cambrian Robotics

Cambrian Robotics develops telepresent robots for use in places where it is too dangerous for humans to operate. It offers add-ons to collaborative and industrial robots by providing AI-based solutions that give the robot arm human-level skills for various manufacturing tasks. The company was founded in 2020 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

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