temi Raised $20 Million for Tablet-based Personal Robot

temi from Tel-Aviv has completed a $20 Million financial raising round to boost the sales of its unique home robot, mainly in the US and China. With the last round, the 5 years old 100 employees startup had raised a total of $82 million. Among the new investors in the company is the Chinese wellness giant, OGAWA group, who joined the company with $5 million investment. OGAWA’s VP for innovation, Rafi Aviram, told Techtime that this investment will be followed by a strategic cooperation between the two companies.

Temi combines the qualities of modern digital assistants with the mobility of a robot. It follows its user in the house and connects him with friends, smart devices, media and video
communications, by voice and gestures. Temi’s interaction is based on patented ROBOX technology comprised of 16 sensors, object recognition, and face recognition enabling temi to autonomously navigate around the home or office.

The idea came up a few years ago when the founder and CEO Yossi Wolf went to visit his grandmother. Spending an afternoon with her he noticed how shaky her hands were and how difficult it was for her to hold a cup of tea. At that moment, he decided to creat temi for her. Invetment by the Lead Investor and Former CTO of Alibaba – John Wu – who assisted in raising a $60 Million
capital  – was the starting point of the company.

Today temi is a global company with offices in Shenzhen China (production), New York (Marketing&Sales), Tel Aviv (R&D), and Singapore. The first batch of robots just went out lately fom flex factory in China, and the company is focused now mainly on sales and marketing.