Best known for its human and canine robots, Boston Dynamics has unveiled a new product that is unlike any animal.
Called Stretch, it is the first Boston Dynamics robot designed to solve one single problem. It’s about shifting boxes. In fact, it is a robotic manipulator that can accurately take boxes and transfer them to another place. For example, on a conveyor. At the same time, Stretch is able to move around the premises itself.
It was created, as Boston Dynamics itself says, following numerous requests from various companies. The main task of the robot is to unload trucks.
Of course, Boston Dynamics wouldn’t be itself if it created a simple manipulator. Stretch is equipped with a variety of sensors and cameras, a computer vision system and the ability to recognize objects. The robot is able to move boxes weighing up to 23 kg at a speed of up to 800 units per hour, that is, one box in this case takes about 4.5 seconds. Of course, it all depends on the specific task.
Unfortunately, there is no data on the price of the robot yet.