The Avidbots Story 2017-11-09T15:28:42+00:00

The Avidbots Story


Avidbots is passionate about the future of robotics. We are working to bring robots into the real world at an unprecedented scale. For commercial floor cleaning, that means a robot on every floor automating cleaning tasks and freeing staff to focus on more value-added and higher margin services.

Avidbots Neo is currently on its 8th generation of product design. Our early prototypes experimented with repurposing existing floor scrubbers. This R&D proved that adding autonomy to an existing machine was ineffective – a truly autonomous and productive cleaning robot would have to be designed form the ground up, with tightly-integrated features and components. Further prototypes explored the best form factors, cleaning heads, water systems, wheels, batteries, and other features. The end result of this research, experimentation and innovations is today’s Neo – the only purpose-built commercial cleaning robot.

Avidbots’ robotics experts form a world-class engineering team, training at leading technology institutions such as M.I.T. and the University of Waterloo. The team has a diverse background in fields focused on innovation and manufacturing excellence. Our Canadian headquarters features a 40,000 sq ft industrial manufacturing and R&D facility, where our 80+ employees are constantly exploring new and better ways to bring robots into everyday life!

Avidbots Neo

Our Vision

Avidbots’ vision is to bring robots into everyday life to expand human potential.

Our Mission

Avidbots designs and builds Neo – the world’s best self-driving floor scrubber for large commercial spaces such as airports, retail, higher education, healthcare, etc.

Our Values

Think Big

We want a world full of robots – that’s a lot of robots! We think strategically – we see the big picture and plan accordingly.

Be Passionate

We are avid and eager. We love robots. We inspire everyone through our excellence and passion towards our work and robotics.

Customers First

The customer is our boss. We strive to deeply understand customer needs – their satisfaction is always our highest priority.

Be Creative

We challenge the status quo and suggest improvements. We find ways to improve our robots and processes with creative new ideas.

No Bullshit

We are transparent in our communication. We tackle disagreements head-on and focus on solving the problems at hand.

Be Frugal

Resources are our lifeline. We are frugal, while making smart investments in our people and tools. Spend it like it’s yours.

Quality

What we do, we do well. We care deeply about the quality of our product and work with attention to detail and thoroughness.

Work Hard

1% inspiration and 99% perspiration – we believe in the value of hard work and commitment. We seek to become experts in our fields and be the best we can be.

Be Humble

We listen carefully and act after understanding. We treat people with respect, independently of their position or disagreements.

Embrace Risk and Failure

We embrace risk and failure as important steps for innovation and success. We believe in action and learning over analysis-paralysis. Fail fast and learn fast.

Our story so far…

January 2014

Avidbots Founded

The founders – Pablo Molina and Faizan Sheikh – founded Avidbots in January 2014. They initially explored snow clearing applications for robotics, but quickly identified indoor commercial floor cleaning as a stronger value proposition.

March 2014

Feasibility Studies

Scrubby and Sweepy were the first prototypes made by the founders to test their ideas while attending the HAX Accelerator in early 2014. Scrubby was a floor scrubbing robot made by retrofitting an inexpensive floor scrubber with electronics, sensors and motors. Similarly, Sweepy was a floor sweeping robot that integrated an inexpensive floor sweeper. The conclusion from these two prototypes was that an effective cleaning robot would have to be designed from the ground up.

June 2014

Squeaky Prototype

The Squeaky prototype was the first robot designed and built by Avidbots from the ground up. It featured a cylindrical cleaning head plus an innovative bladder system to separate clean and dirty water. Powered by a small lithium ion battery, Squeaky had an average run time of 1.5 hours.

November 2014

Shiny Prototype

The Shiny prototype followed, featuring the same bladder system and cylindrical cleaning head first tested on Squeaky. One of the unique features of this prototype was the Omni wheels, which allowed the robot to move in any direction and get extremely close to walls and corners. Another unique feature of the robot was its small form factor, despite supporting a 105 L water carrying capacity. The 105L tank and the lithium ion batteries allowed Shiny to clean uninterrupted for up to 3 hours.

March 2015

ARS-2 Prototype

The ARS-2 prototype used the same internals as the Shiny prototype, with advanced industrial design and styling. It featured the same 105 L water tank, lithium ion batteries, Omni drive for greater maneuverability, and a cylindrical cleaning head.

June 2016

First Neo Production Model

Continual development and refinements from those early prototypes led to a robust, enhanced first production model – Avidbots Neo. Omni wheels were replaced with long-lasting floor scrubber wheels with polyurethane surfaces, while the bladder system was replaced with two separate 120 L tanks for clean and dirty water. The addition of wet cell lead acid battery packs greatly increased run-time, while interchangeable cleaning heads supported an enhanced range of cleaning configurations.

May 2017

Continued Development and Growth

With customers on three continents, Avidbots continues to refine and enhance Neo, while the company itself is growing rapidly, with more than 70 robotics fanatics designing, building and supporting Neo. We’re bringing robots into the real world like never before and are truly excited about realising the future of robotics.