Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tech: Baxter Manufacturing Robot

Baxter, A Manufacturing Robot That Can Work With Human Coworkers

Baxter is a new manufacturing robot designed to perform repetitive tasks normally done by unskilled labor while working "elbow-to-elbow" with human coworkers. Sonar and cameras allow the robot to detect humans in order avoid colliding with them. What's more, Baxter doesn't need to be programmed. He can be trained by simply walking him through the motion required to complete a new task. The hope is that Baxter's relatively low cost (US$22,000) will provide small business with an alternative to offshore manufacturing.

Meet Baxter, a revolutionary new category of Robot from Rethink Robotics that is capable of applying common sense behavior to manufacturing environments. Affordably priced, versatile and safe enough to work shoulder-to-shoulder with people, Baxter robots redefine how small, mid-size and large domestic manufacturers use automation to compete with manufacturers in low-cost regions of the world.

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