Forward X Robotics

Forward X Robotics

ForwardX Robotics Product Journey

Like all good things, the ForwardX Robotics journey began with an idea. Nicolas Chee had built an enviable career in tech, but had a calling to return to his first love, building robots—the time was now.

When Nicolas and the ForwardX founding team pitched us the idea of an autonomous carry-on case for air travel we thought it was a little bit crazy, which is exactly the type of challenge that speaks to us. This direction was a means to prove the tech viability and validate that case personal robotics had commercial relevance while building the team’s capabilities around computer vision and robotics design.

ForwardX Robotics Product Journey

Like all good things, the ForwardX Robotics journey began with an idea. Nicolas Chee had built an enviable career in tech, but had a calling to return to his first love, building robots—the time was now.

When Nicolas and the ForwardX founding team pitched us the idea of an autonomous carry-on case for air travel we thought it was a little bit crazy, which is exactly the type of challenge that speaks to us. This direction was a means to prove the tech viability and validate that case personal robotics had commercial relevance while building the team’s capabilities around computer vision and robotics design.

A new idea, in a new category, and with no reference products to learn from—the journey of discovery to find out how to build a robotics suitcase was underway. Which camera, motor, battery or PCU is required to power a suitcase? And then what about real-life applications like could you take this through check-in scanners? The list was endless.

As with any classic start-up story, initial prototypes were built for investor demos to fund further development. Once initial funding was secured, the ForwardX Robotics team were off – quickly building and launching their first consumer product. This was only the start, as demand for a commercial solution in warehousing was strong. The ForwardX Robotics team quickly pivoted to a B2B model, applying the learnings from their consumer product to warehouse automation, supply chain sorting and delivery robots.

A new idea, in a new category, and with no reference products to learn from—the journey of discovery to find out how to build a robotics suitcase was underway. Which camera, motor, battery or PCU is required to power a suitcase? And then what about real-life applications like could you take this through check-in scanners? The list was endless.

As with any classic start-up story, initial prototypes were built for investor demos to fund further development. Once initial funding was secured, the ForwardX Robotics team were off – quickly building and launching their first consumer product. This was only the start, as demand for a commercial solution in warehousing was strong. The ForwardX Robotics team quickly pivoted to a B2B model, applying the learnings from their consumer product to warehouse automation, supply chain sorting and delivery robots.

Now a mature company with over 300 employees and multiple product lines, ForwardX Robotics is scaling fast to become one of the global leaders in the commercial robotics space. An amazing success story – and a great case study of what can happen when a group of friends come together to build something special.

Now a mature company with over 300 employees and multiple product lines, ForwardX Robotics is scaling fast to become one of the global leaders in the commercial robotics space. An amazing success story – and a great case study of what can happen when a group of friends come together to build something special.