Meet the robots making working at height safer
HausBots is an innovative British start-up, whose wall-climbing robots offer a unique solution for protecting and maintaining the built environment.
Having hit upon a compelling need in the market and with interest in its proposition rising, the company went on to secure the backing of the British Design Fund in March 2021.
The lightbulb moment
With backgrounds in technology and engineering, Jack Cornes and Harry Smith, co-founders of HausBots, came up with the idea for their robots after needing to paint a room.
When they were unable to find any automation or technology that could assist with such a task – and discovering that was also the case for painting and other jobs that needed to be done at height – they realised there was a clear gap in the market.
From that moment, they set about finding a solution and went on to create a prototype robot that could climb walls. After thorough testing and development, the robot’s design was finalised and the team began running trials with a number of leading UK contractors.
Falls from height are one of the biggest killers in the workplace in the UK. Here are just some of the ways HausBots’ robotic solutions can help with the problem.
HausBots in action
HausBots has just completed a pilot project for a leading contractor who is responsible for operating and maintaining a major motorway network. The operator was interested in testing out HausBots RaaS (Robots as a Service) solution, as a tool to support its existing inspectors with maintenance and inspections of bridges.
HausBots is also using its innovative wall climbing robotic solution to tackle the removal and prevention of graffiti on the road network.
Graffiti is a big problem and has traditionally been very costly to remove. When it is on bridges and next to roads it can be distracting for drivers and the clean-up often requires lane or road closures, causing potential disruption for traffic.
Earlier this year, Highways England launched a competition with partners Kier and Connected Places Catapult to identify new solutions for dealing with graffiti. From the dozens of entries put forward, HausBots was one of five winning companies selected.
Find out more
British Design Fund CEO, Damon Bonser, recently caught up with Jack Cornes, to find out more about the company and its ambitions. You can watch the interview by clicking here.
You can also find out more by visiting www.hausbots.com