The UK has provided a loving home for robots ever since Captain Richards & A.H. Reffell built one of the world's first in 1928.
The metal automaton named Eric enjoyed a brief stint of global fame before being consigned to the scrapheap of technological obsolescence. He's now reborn after a Kickstarter campaign raised the money to bring him back to life.
Research by CB Insightssuggests British startups currently account for six percent of the global market, but a growing ecosystem of ambitious visionaries supported by the recently-announced £17.3 million of funding from the government means many are well-positioned to become world-leaders in the sector.
Further support comes the British Robotics Seed Fund, the only investment fund specialising in UK-based robotics startups, and Britbots CROWD, the world's first dedicated equity crowdfunding platform for high-potential companies in the field.
Here's our pick of the best robotics startups competing for their cash.