From small seed rounds in the tens of thousands to Uber's $1.2 billion Series E financing, around 700 companies have received VC funding since the beginning of November. The largest companies and investments usually grab the headlines around the world (Flipkart's recent $550 million raise, for example) but there are always smaller companies generating buzz with their unique and innovative technologies (think Monsieur and its robotic bartender that garnered funding in October). Here are some of the coolest VC-backed companies that have raised funding since November 1:
Vicarious – Artificial intelligence has come a long way; Vicarious is looking to advance it further by building unified algorithmic architecture to achieve human-level intelligence in vision, language and motor control. The company raised $12 million in Series C funding from ABB Technology Ventures.
Knightscope – A developer and manufacturer of fully autonomous robots equipped with an array of onboard sensors used to monitor the surrounding environment and provide a physical and commanding presence in public places where security is needed. Knightscope secured $5.2 million of Series A funding.
RealView Imaging – The futuristic technology developed by this company projects hyper-realistic 3D holographic images "floating in the air" without the need for any type of eyewear or a conventional 2D screen. The projected 3D volumes appear in free space, allowing the user to literally touch and interact precisely within the image. LongTec China Ventures recently led a $10 million investment in the company.
Novelda – Its XeThru sensors are designed to detect movement and human body vital signs—such as breathing and heart rate—from a distance of up to several meters; the technology creates design possibilities in home and building automation, security systems, smart city applications, robot vision, gesture recognition, proximity sensing and more. Novelda closed a $12 million Series A led by Investinor.
FATMAP – An app for skiers and resort visitors that provides 3D mountain flyovers and maps, back-country gradient and avalanche zone mapping, as well as interactive resort information and more. The London-based company, which has already launched in several resorts in Europe, raised £300,000 in seed funding.
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