Meet Baxter: Rethink Robotics’ Next-Gen Robot

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Original Article written by Tom Green, Robotics Business Review.

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September 18, 2012
“We roll up to a factory, and 45 minutes after we arrive,
the robot is on the floor doing useful work.”
—Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics
BBJ & WSJ—Intended to support a rebirth of domestic production for U.S. manufacturers, says its creator, Rodney Brooks, Baxter is “aimed at making it more competitive to do low-cost goods in the U.S., rather than outsourcing them to China. That was my motivation.”
Rethink hopes that Baxter will accomplish that rather large chore due to its comparatively low cost ($22,000 each) and its flexibility at assisting on a wide range of production-related and materials handling jobs.
“Baxter is also far cheaper and easier to incorporate into production in a factory than currently available industrial robots,” he said. A conventional industrial robot will cost $50,000 to $100,000, take 18 weeks for delivery and require help from a systems integrator as well as a redesign of the factory floor,” he added.
By contrast, “we roll up to a factory, and 45 minutes after we arrive, the robot is on the floor doing useful work.”
Plus, the big guy with a wingspan of nine feet is a pleasant sort. “The sensation that Baxter conveys is not creepy, but benign,” reports John Markoff of the New York Times, “perhaps even disarmingly friendly. And that is intentional.” Especially so if Baxter is to become the “co-worker” in the workplace that its creators intend.
Target segment
The target segment for Baxter are small-scale manufacturers, of which there are 300,000 in the U.S., Brooks said.
“We are

Original Article written by Tom Green, Robotics Business Review.

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