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Bossa Nova Robotics

Founded Year



Loan | Alive

Total Raised


Last Raised

$3.5M | 3 yrs ago

About Bossa Nova Robotics

Bossa Nova Robotics creates autonomous service robots for the global retail industry. Bossa Nova technology and services empower retailers to make informed inventory decisions and take rapid action by automating the collection and analysis of on-shelf inventory data in large-scale stores. Retailers can therefore improve their productivity and create a better shopping experience.

Headquarters Location

610 22nd Street Suite 250

San Francisco, California, 94107,

United States


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Expert Collections containing Bossa Nova Robotics

Expert Collections are analyst-curated lists that highlight the companies you need to know in the most important technology spaces.

Bossa Nova Robotics is included in 4 Expert Collections, including Store tech (In-store retail tech).


Store tech (In-store retail tech)

1,794 items

Startups aiming to work with retailers to improve brick-and-mortar retail store operations.



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.


Grocery Retail Tech

646 items

Startups providing B2B solutions to grocery businesses to improve their store and omni-channel performance. Includes customer analytics platforms, in-store robots, predictive inventory management systems, online enablement for grocers and consumables retailers, and more.


Food & Beverage

156 items

Bossa Nova Robotics Patents

Bossa Nova Robotics has filed 17 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Robotics
  • Image processing
  • Digital photography
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Object recognition and categorization, Robotics, Feature detection (computer vision), Computer vision, Robots


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Object recognition and categorization, Robotics, Feature detection (computer vision), Computer vision, Robots



Latest Bossa Nova Robotics News

Google Cloud rolls out AI-driven inventory tech

Jan 19, 2023

Published Jan. 19, 2023 First published on Dive Brief: Google Cloud has designed artificial intelligence-driven technology that allows retailers to use imagery to automatically track items on store shelves, the internet giant announced last Friday. The system, which leverages a Google library with billions of data points to identify products in photos taken from multiple angles, is in preview now and is slated to be widely available “in the coming months,” according to the company. Google’s new offering augments other services it has developed to help retailers boost efficiency and digitize their stores. Dive Insight: Google said its shelf-checking tool is intended to let retailers automate the tedious task of monitoring products on their shelves without needing to spend time or money setting up an image-recognition system on their own. The company showed off the technology this week during the National Retail Federation’s conference in New York, noting that it can alert retailers when products are out of stock and help ensure pricing accuracy. CPG suppliers, meanwhile, can use the system to ensure their goods are in the proper position in stores, Google said. Google pointed to research from NielsenIQ showing that U.S. retailers lost $82 billion in CPG sales in 2021 because products were unavailable as a reason its technology would prove valuable. The inventory-scanning system uses machine learning modules that can recognize products and tags to mine photos for details about items “of all types, at scale, based solely on the visual and text features of a product, and then translate that data into actionable insights,” according to the announcement. Google's booth at the 2023 National Retail Federation conference in New York. Catherine Douglas Moran/Grocery Dive   Notably, Google said the image-processing tech it has come up with can handle photos taken from a variety of points of view — a capability that promises to give retailers added flexibility when using the system. The AI engine can work with images taken by cameras installed on the ceiling of a store or carried by robots that move up and down aisles. Stores can also feed photos taken by an employee using a mobile phone into the engine, according to the company. Google announced the product-recognition technology alongside other additions to the range of AI-based services it offers to merchants. The improvements include a new personalized search capability for websites, a browse feature for digital storefronts and upgrades that allows websites to dynamically determine which products to recommend to shoppers. The new technology puts Google in competition with companies that already supply retailers with automated imaging equipment to keep an eye on their shelves. Those companies include Simbe Robotics, which has inked deals to provide grocers including Hy-Vee , The Save Mart Companies and Schnuck Markets with mobile shelf-scanning robots. In October, Sam’s Club completed a chainwide rollout of shelf-scanning technology from Brain Corp that is mounted on top of autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in the warehouse retailer’s locations. Last week, Brain unveiled an inventory analysis tool for retailers developed in partnership with Google Cloud. Retailers will be able to use information from the system to increase revenue, improve margins and boost customer loyalty, Brain said in a press release. In a reflection of the challenges tech companies can face as they look to convince retailers to use automation for inventory-related tasks, Walmart in late 2020 abandoned plans to use robots from Bossa Nova Robotics to keep track of items in its stores. Catherine Douglas Moran contributed reporting to this story.

Bossa Nova Robotics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Bossa Nova Robotics founded?

    Bossa Nova Robotics was founded in 2005.

  • Where is Bossa Nova Robotics's headquarters?

    Bossa Nova Robotics's headquarters is located at 610 22nd Street, San Francisco.

  • What is Bossa Nova Robotics's latest funding round?

    Bossa Nova Robotics's latest funding round is Loan.

  • How much did Bossa Nova Robotics raise?

    Bossa Nova Robotics raised a total of $64M.

  • Who are the investors of Bossa Nova Robotics?

    Investors of Bossa Nova Robotics include Paycheck Protection Program, Celesta Capital, Lucas Venture Group, Cota Capital, Intel Capital and 6 more.

  • Who are Bossa Nova Robotics's competitors?

    Competitors of Bossa Nova Robotics include Simbe Robotics, Corvus Robotics, Vimaan, Focal Systems, PINC Solutions and 8 more.

Compare Bossa Nova Robotics to Competitors

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Simbe Robotics

Simbe Robotics gives retailers visibility into the state of merchandise in their stores through Tally, an autonomous shelf-auditing and analytics solution that combines artificial intelligence, computer vision, and deep analytics to scan and analyze retailers’ shelves in real-time. Simbe is able to process this data on the edge and in the cloud, delivering up-to-date insights multiple times per day via API.

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Trax specializes in computer vision solutions for retail. The company enables execution controls in-store and the ability to leverage competitive insights through in-store execution tools, market measurement services and data science to unlock revenue opportunities at all points of sale. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Singapore, Singapore.

Intelligent Flying Machines

IFM (Intelligent Flying Machines) is a Data Analytics Company using Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and Robotics to automate indoor data capture. With partners in industry and customers across automotive manufacturing and logistics, the company uses its technology to improve the operational efficiency of enterprises and unleash productivity in the workforce.

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Corvus Robotics

Corvus Robotics creates indoor drones, robots, and analytics to help facilities automate inventory, keep associates healthy, and increase worker efficiency. The company was founded in 2017 and is based in Mountain View, California.

Adroit Worldwide Media

Adroit Worldwide Media (AWM) develops Smart Shelf, a platform which is designed to replicate key benefits of the online experience into physical retail environments. The platform utilizes ruggedized shelf-edge displays combined with high definition optical sensors to automate intelligence into on-the-shelf inventory levels and planogram compliance, play optimal video based on shopper distance (including product pricing and information), provide insight into demographics, and allow for content triggering on detected age, gender, or ethnicity. It was founded in 2016 and is based in Aliso Viejo, California.

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Gather AI

Gather AI operates as a supply chain robotics company. It delivers a real-time inventory visibility platform using autonomous drones that monitor warehouse inventory activity. Its combination of off-the-shelf drones and software enables warehouse operators to increase efficiency and minimize challenges related to warehouse operations and labor shortages. Gather AI was founded in 2017 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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