A “Startup Nation” Wedding

Robot ring-bearer dances to the bride

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Startup Nation, Start-Up Nation
Photo: Photo courtesy of Gili Galdan

Guests at a recent Israeli wedding were treated to an unexpected wedding processional. The yellow mechanical robot dog SPOT suddenly appeared trotting toward the bride Mishelah Rabkin bringing the wedding rings.

The unusual event was organized as a “covert” operation by Mishelah’s co-worker friends at their Israeli hi-tech startup company called Percepto.

Why?

The bride is the product manager of the robot project. Early in the ceremony, SPOT unexpectedly entered the wedding hall dancing to the song “Who Let The Dogs Out,” and even gave a kiss to the bride.

When he is not frolicking at weddings, SPOT is used in security and maintenance roles at industrial sites. The sophisticated, 4-legged robot developed by Boston Dynamics carries on its back the Israeli-designed artificial intelligence system known as AIM. Along with Percepto’s autonomous drones, the system is able to detect irregularities such as intrusions into fenced compounds, and perform surveillance tasks in places that could endanger human life. The advanced system is capable of working around the clock and detecting abnormal occurrences even in rainy and dark conditions.

Percepto was founded in 2014 by Dor Abuhatzira, Sagi Blonder, Raviv Raz and Ariel Avitan. It is currently one of the 10 largest autonomous drone companies in the world in the field of physical site monitoring. Percepto systems operate at hundreds of infrastructure and industrial sites in the US, Europe, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

The company’s AIM control and artificial intelligence system was selected by TIME magazine for its list of the 100 best inventions of 2021. The company has raised $72.5 million since its inception. It employs over 140 people, and is growing its staff at the development center in Modiin, Israel.

From a press release by Ronni Hasid and Ophir Abslander.

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