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Leif Jentoft, Co-founder and former CSO at Righthand Robotics

Righthand Robotics' RightPick system is the best-in-class piece-picking solution for reliable and autonomous order fulfillment, driven by machine learning and AI, using proprietary industrial hardware.

Lab-to-Launch Lounge

Thursday, February 15, 2024


Leif Jentoft is a co-founder of RightHand Robotics, a company that provides hardware and software solutions for automating order-picking in logistics. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and a B.S. from Olin College. Jentoft’s research at the Harvard Biorobotics Laboratory focused on developing technology to solve real-world problems, particularly in the field of grasping. He and his colleagues designed an underactuated robotic hand that uses a single motor for several flexible joints and soft fingertips to mimic the biomechanics of a human hand. The device won the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, which inspired Jentoft to commercialize the technology. RightHand Robotics offers end-to-end solutions that retrofit adaptable hardware and software to existing warehouse workflows to improve efficiency. Their products are used in over 15 countries in a variety of applications


One piece of advice to Venturing@Harvard

“Starting with a small ticket item to commercialize served as a training run where we could make mistakes early on and do something larger next.”

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