Boston Dynamics unveils a new warehouse worker robot

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Michael Berry, vice president of business development at Boston Dynamics, said Stretch is the first robot the company has built for a single task, based on requests from companies around the world.

A Reuters report quoted Perry as saying, “We have largely heard around the world through storage that unloading trucks is one of the most physically difficult and unpleasant jobs and here comes the role of Stretch.”

Stretch has a small movable base that allows it to move in the narrow spaces of existing warehouses without having to be reconfigured for automation, and it is equipped with a smart arm and handle with advanced sensor cameras and computer vision that can recognize and deal with a large variety of laminated boxes.

“We are looking at picking up crates at around 50 lbs (23 kg), and the maximum crate pick up and moving rate can be up to 800 boxes per hour,” Perry said. It’s a fast-moving, versatile robot.

Waltham, Massachusetts, is known for its YouTube videos of its Spot dog robots and Atlas robots.

Hyundai Motor Group recently agreed to buy a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank Group Corp in a deal that values ​​the robotics maker at $ 1.1 billion.

Perry said it was time for the new “bot on the block” to take advantage of ever-increasing consumer demand for express home delivery.

Analysts say the warehouse sector has seen a very strong year of 2020, with growth expected to continue this year. They point to the dynamics of 2020, as online shopping amid the pandemic has led to the need for massive expansion of order-fulfillment services.

Boston Dynamics did not release any pricing for Stretch, but said the system can be installed “without the need for costly reconfiguration or investment in new stable infrastructure.”

Perry said it was time for the new “bot on the block” to take advantage of ever-increasing consumer demand for express home delivery.

Analysts say the warehouse sector has seen a very strong year in 2020, with growth expected to continue this year, and point to the dynamics of 2020, as online shopping amid the pandemic has led to the need for massive expansion of order-fulfillment services.

Boston Dynamics did not release any pricing for Stretch, but said the system can be installed “without the need for costly reconfiguration or investment in new stable infrastructure.”



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