Southie Autonomy is a startup, based at MassRobotics, building intelligent robot software enabling ANY robot to be repurposed and redeployed by ANY person, without robotics expertise or even computer skills. Operators tells the robot what to do through augmented reality and the robot then programs itself via artificial intelligence.

Winner of the RoboBusiness Startup Competition and the ABB Robotics Innovation Challenge, our product enables cost-effective high-mix automation by lowering setup time, cost, and skill. We help businesses recoup ROI faster even in variable and shorter batch applications like kitting, palletizing, and simple assembly, through our gesture-based, easy-to-use interface.


We are transforming robotic automation by allowing robots to be told what to do, not how, saving time and money while providing flexibility, even automating tasks that were previously done manually. We do this through The Wand, our pointer-based interface that enables a novel interaction paradigm between humans and robots so any user has the flexibility to redeploy the robot for new tasks in minutes.




Our powerful, patent-pending software removes the cumbersome requirements of meticulous design of work cells as well as tedious, expert-level robot programming (for perception, task, control, and motion), so businesses can quickly deploy and redeploy their robot processes (or workflows) in the order of minutes not days. 



SAW is on the right track…. In order to lower cost and skills requirements which will lead to greater cobot adoption, both setup and infrasctructure overhead need to be greatly reduced. Overall productivity will be improved for today’s forward thinkers when they implement flexible systems that involve humans and robots collaborating together.

— Andie Zhang, Global Robotics Product Manager for Collaborative Robots, ABB

[Southie Autonomy is]... providing a solution that lets the manufacturer quickly re-deploy the robot to a new task and new applications in minutes, without needing engineers and programmers, will really fill a need. 

— John Killam, CEO, MassMEP

Southie has taken cutting-edge principles of autonomy and decision-making systems to the real-world, creating a new paradigm for human robot interaction. This breakthrough combines information from human partners with information from the environment to generate reliable physical actions just like autonomous vehicles. Southie has created the most compelling industrial application I’ve seen of using simple gesture-based commands to tell the robot what to do and letting it figure out how." 

— Professor Nicholas Roy, Bisplinghoff Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

"Because we supply mission-critical machined components to the medical, aerospace and defense industries, our personnel are highly trained and valued. As sales volumes increase, we look for ways of utilizing our people for the difficult, high-precision work our customers demand. With Southie Autonomy, it would make sense to have a robot system available for multiple work cells, offloading the more mundane work while providing quick set up and process changeover.”

— Michael Tamasi, CEO, AccuRounds