By Bijan Bowen

The Ominous Industries Story

Welcome to Ominous Industries! In the world of robotics, cutting-edge technology comes with a hefty price tag. But not anymore! At Ominous Industries, we believe that everyone should have access to advanced robotics which is why we're introducing the worlds first 3D printable social robots!

Our story began late summer of 2022 with the idea to make an affordable and accessible social companion robot. The foundation of our idea was to create a robot that met the following criteria:

  • Under $500
  • Ability to use any face image
  • Ability to use any persona
  • Ability to change the voice
  • A DIY kit to allow hands on learning and experience

The first prototype was completed in April of 2023 and was displayed at the May 2023 Robotics Summit & Expo in Boston, MA.

(The Ominous Industries setup at the Robotics Summit & Expo Boston)

(The Ominous Industries setup at the Robotics Summit & Expo Boston)

Following this, we received some media attention and were lucky to get an interview from Matt Shearer of WBZ 1030 News Radio. We also joined the local Massrobotics Startup Incubator.

(WBZ 1030 News Radio Interview)

(Joining the Massrobotics Startup Incubator)

(Joining the Massrobotics Startup Incubator)

In late summer 2023, the Ominous Industries R1 was completed and sold as a comprehensive kit with a two piece plastic shell. Through Massrobotics, the R1 was displayed at the Fan Expo show in Boston as well as the RoboBoston Block Party hosted by Massrobotics, a local Startup incubator.

(The robots at Fan Expo Boston 2023)

(The robots at Fan Expo Boston 2023)

(The Robo Boston Block Party hosted by Massrobotics)

(The Robo Boston Block Party hosted by Massrobotics)

As of early 2024, the original R1 model production run has sold out and discussions on next steps led to a new idea...

The introduction of two new robots, marking the beginning of an exciting new way to lower the costs and difficulties associated with owning your very own social companion robot. While the robots are fun to build and program, they also harbor the ability to provide a meaningful social outlet that has not historically been available at such an affordable price.