Baxter Humanoid Robot set to bring ‘cool’ to manufacturing processes
Boston-based robotics firm, Rethink Robotics has rolled out Baxter, a cool humanoid designed to bring about a revolution in the manufacturing industry. With inspiration to enable manufacturers function more freely, thus reducing injuries and enhancing automation, Baxter steps in as a more affordable version for businesses. Made of 75% American-made parts, the patriotic robot will strive to enhance the efficiency in manufacturing processes while also boosting productivity. Rodney Brooks is the founder of the firm. “Today, personal computers have put the power of the mainframe into the hands of the office worker, providing a productivity tool that few people today could imagine living without,” he says. “In our view, the evolution of industrial robots will have a similar impact on the workforce, inspiring a new manufacturing revolution in America by putting the power of safe, cost effective automation in the hands of today’s factory workers. The possibilities are endless—and extremely exciting.”
With basic knowledge of manufacturing operations such as loading and unloading, counting, reorienting, and light assembly, this $22,000 humanoid can simplify many-a-process for manufacturers and also reduce the risk of injuries and overworking employees.