Stretch Boston Dynamics' next commercial robot
Stretch Boston Dynamics' next commercial robot

The pursuit of Boston Dynamics continued, announcing a second commercial robot, Stretch, a movable, box-shaped robot designed to meet the needs of warehouses and distribution centers.

After 28 years of research and development, Boston Dynamics entered the commercial robotics market with the introduction of Spot Dog last year.

The cash cost is around $ 75,000. You can walk around the facility for remote inspection, and the door can be opened remotely using an additional arm.

The expansion robot is designed for use in warehouse and dump trucks. The company hopes that the company will buy the robot in 2022 after its commercial use.

With a clear demand for warehouse robots, Boston Dynamics began experimenting with gripping robots.

The handle is active on the basis of the new wheeled pallet, but the floor instead of the legs are wheels, so various movements can be made.

The Handle First Edition is a robot that can perform a multitude of actions thanks to its wheels and legs. However, the robot is not yet designed to work in warehouses.

For the second version, the handle has been redesigned, from an ordinary looking robot to a storage room robot, and instead of a lever, a large handle is used to lift the box.

Boston Dynamics can use the Handle to run customer tests. However, the problem with the hand is that warehouse work must sometimes be done in a confined space, for example b- when unloading trucks, and that robots also have problems.

Hand was clearly difficult to deal with in a confined space, which led the company to consider another option, which is sprawl.

The new robot is believed to be the first fully built Boston Dynamics warehouse robot. The robot is mounted on a large box, so it is stable by default and does not require balancing.

The robot weighs 1200kg, so there is no need for a large rotatable counterweight when lifting and the robot will not tip over.

The arm can rotate around the top of the base so that the boxes can be unloaded from the truck onto the conveyor belt without moving or hitting objects.

As a result, Stretch can unload trucks five times faster than the handles and move 800 boxes per hour.

The wheels on each corner of the box have independent steering that allows the expansion to move in any direction, including turning to the appropriate position.

The large base also means there's enough battery storage to do the stretch in an 8-hour shift or up to 16 hours on the extended battery option.

There is also a locator mast, which is a tall tower that sits like an arm on a swivel pedestal and houses most of the robot's sensors. The mast has 2D sensors and depth sensors so that the robot is not obstructed. Around.

To demonstrate, the robot uses Boston Dynamics Pick, a set of machine learning algorithms to detect and move boxes.

The expansion base has a standard interface through which you can attach various accessories such as conveyor belts and stretchers. Also, you can install other sensors on the base to detect the situation, for example B. Additional cameras, lidar devices or barcode readers for input.


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