Automated power-tool maker victorious at AlphaLab ‘Hardware Cup’ in display of Pittsburgh’s robotics clout

Six hardware startups pitched their ideas to local investors at the Mid-Atlantic Regional competition at Google’s Pittsburgh office, where companies showed off everything from robotic work carts to pain relief products for pregnant women.

Three of the companies were based in Pittsburgh, long home to a robust robotics scene dating back several decades — hence the nickname “Roboburgh.” One of them, Velocity Robotics, won the $3,000 first place prize and a chance to win a $50,000 grand prize at the Hardware Cup International Finals in April hosted by AlphaLab Gear, a Pittsburgh-based hardware accelerator that created this competition three years ago and has grown it around the globe…