The company said it will use the fresh capital to further develop its AI technology and bring its cleaning robots to retailers, healthcare centres, airports, schools, and others, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding round was joined by new investors ClearBridge Investments and Satwik Ventures, and return backer Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of mobile technology giant Qualcomm Inc.
Brain Corp plans to expand its robotics technology beyond floor care. It eyes introducing robotic applications into inventory delivery, shelf analytics, and other areas that improve productivity and enhance customer experiences, it said.
Based in San Diego, California, the company said the foundation of Brain technology is Brain OS, its proprietary operating system used in floor-scrubbing robots, including those manufactured by Tennant, Karcher, Nilfisk, and others.
“BrainOS has computer vision and AI libraries that enable quick and efficient development of smart systems that learn and adapt to people and environment,” the company said.
Brain’s technology enables robots to perceive their environment, learn to control their motion, and navigate using visual cues and landmarks while avoiding people and obstacles.
About 10,000 floor-scrubbing machines powered by BrainOS have been deployed worldwide.
The company recently launched a Robot Relief programme, under which it provides autonomous floor cleaning robots for three months at no charge to help essential businesses, including hospitals and grocery stores, sanitise their properties during the pandemic.
SoftBank Vision Fund first invested in Brain Corp’s $114 million Series C funding round in 2017.