Back in 2016, Marty the Robot was just an idea. Today, thanks to the team at Robotical, it’s a leading STEM resource that can be found in over 1,000 schools around the world.
After completing a PhD in Robotics, Dr Alexander Enoch (we call him Sandy) set up Robotical in 2016. When coming up with the idea, Sandy’s main inspiration was his young niece, who was around six years old at the time. He wanted to create a human-like robot, full of character, that she could use to make learning the basics of coding more like child’s play and less like hard work. So, putting his well-honed inventor skills to use, Sandy designed and built Marty V1 from scratch, got the all-important seal of approval from his niece and then went on to secure start-up funding via a crowdfund to put the first 1,000 Martys into production.
Further seed rounds followed, raising over $1million to scale up production, grow distribution, build the team and make Marty V2 a reality.
Marty has been an international phenomenon from the start, and today more than 10,000 Martys have been sold with distributors across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and North and South America. Marty can be found in over 1,000 schools around the world moving and grooving to Scratch and Python.
Marty is the best value-for-money humanoid robot on the market! The unique walking mechanism means Marty can walk, turn, dance, kick a ball and so much more. And, because each limb is controlled by specific motors, Marty is also more stable and robust than other walking robots.
Robotical is made up of a team of enthusiastic individuals, all unified in our love for STEM and a passion for learning.
We’re dedicated to helping teachers bring coding to life. That’s why our product and educational experience designers ensure Marty is fit and robust for every classroom, and is supported by a wide range of learning resources.
As well as this, our commercial and accounts team is here to provide support to all our schools and partners – to ensure they are getting the most out of their Martys, straight out of the box.
“My chief aspiration with Marty is to make kids realise that engineering is creative and fun, and anyone can get into it. Through a fun tool like Marty we want to encourage the next generation of engineers and scientists to think about the positive ways robotics and tech can help make the world a better place, and encourage greater diversity in STEM”
Dr Sandy Enoch, Inventor of Marty the Robot
Dr Sandy Enoch leads a team at Three-Day Startup Edinburgh to test the concept with different robot prototypes.
At University of Edinburgh’s Inspire, Launch, Grow Competition with Archie – a Marty prototype.
Launched in summer 2016, our first crowdfunding campaign raised £106,529 from 893 backers. This paid for our first batch of Martys to be produced.
Our first summer intern joins Robotical, followed by employee number two.
Runner up in EU Robotics Entrepreneurship Awards, Scottish EDGE Win, Converge Challenge Design & Creativity Award
We started shipping Martys to our backers in July 2017, but first we had to print an enormous amount of parts, calibrate 6,000 servos, bag 120,000 screws, nuts and bolts and box 14,000 threaded inserts. Yeesh!
This allows us to continue with and scale up production, build the team and start planning for Marty the Robot V2.
That’ll be to Wise Club in South Korea, who ordered 1,000 Martys. Our biggest order at the time.
Curriculum aligned Marty lessons start coming out.
Marty is featured in the National Museum of Scotland’s robots exhibition.
Development for Marty V2 actually started in 2018 – it had a really long gestation period!
And shipped to 200 schools around the UK and various distributors around the world. Some of our biggest Kickstarter backers also receive some special edition add-ons.
The team is growing fast and Robotical makes key hires in marketing, education and development.
Are you looking for new STEM resources for your classroom? Robotical is loaning Marty the Robot to schools for no-obligation, two-week trials.