Microsoft has joined a number of other companies in a $10.5 million investment round for Sarcos Robotics, helping the company move its Guardian exoskeleton to the market faster.
Sarcos’s Guardian line includes several heavy-duty robots meant to handle dangerous jobs in all kinds of “unstructured environments,” with the devices having both military and industrial applications, such as oil and gas exploration to mining and construction.
Sarcos has offices in Bellevue, Wash. near Microsoft’s Redmond campus, and in Salt Lake City, Utah. The company was purchased by Raytheon in 2007 until a management buy-out in 2015 resulted in the company once again becoming an independent entity.
As part of the deal Microsoft’s ex-CFO Peter Klein will be joining Sarcos’s board.
Other companies investing include Caterpillar Ventures and GE Ventures.
See a video showing off the Guardian exoskeleton, which has been more than 10 years in development, below: