The Roborigger is attached to the end of a crane and allows operators to maintain control of the loads without the need for ropes and workers holding them.
The technology keeps people away from loads and equipment, making it an attractive toy for safety-conscious resource and construction companies such as Woodside and Multiplex.
The money from Blackbird is a vote of confidence in the technology, which Mr Markwell said had huge potential overseas.
“Our biggest challenge is building a capability to address all of these requirements in a short timeframe as most companies want to use Roborigger in regions where we have not yet established a support network,” Mr Markwell said.
“This funding from Blackbird will allow us to speed up our technology development for the overseas market, obtain the government approvals to operate in the overseas regions and set up the support network.
“We believe this signals the industry’s confidence in Roborigger not only to revolutionise safety but also in its massive potential to digitize crane lifting data.
“The built-in software collects data from every lift including time, weight, and the location of the loads being lifted. Users can access this data from a web browser on their phones or computers.”
Blackbird co-founder and partner Rick Baker said the firm was excited to back Roborigger.
“It is a great example of using robots to make dangerous jobs safer. It has an opportunity to become the de facto standard for safe crane lifting around the world,” he said.
Blackbird has invested in WA-born companies previously, one of the most high profile being graphic design software Canva.