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SAN FRANCISCO – Formant, which develops robot fleet management software, today announced it has acquired Formation, a robot teleoperation startup based in Pittsburgh. Formant said it will integrate Formation’s solution to enable customers to remotely control their robots through its browser-based, cloud-enabled robot fleet management system. Financial terms of the acquisition were not released.

Formant CEO Jeff Linnell said adding teleoperation to Formant’s operation will create an end-to-end solution that robots-as-a-service companies can use to scale their fleets, enabling them to easily manage thousands of robots.

“We can be there from day one, when a company creates its first robot, all the way to when it has 100,000 robots,” said Linnell. “Many early stage robotics companies struggle to get past having 10 engineers for every robot – our mission is to flip that ratio by allowing one person to manage many robots. Formation’s teleoperation technology will be key to making that happen.”

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