May we introduce: Stretch. The robot with the intelligent gripper is Boston Dynamics’ newest family member. After the robotic dog Spot and the athletic Atlas, the company’s latest robot is the optimal solution for logistics.
It may not do flips or negotiate difficult environments, but its long, tentacle-like gripper arm and suction cups make it ideal for handling boxes efficiently. That’s why Boston Dynamics is calling the robot the first commercial model designed specifically for distribution centers and logistics facilities.
A video released Monday of the Strech prototype in action provides a glimpse – proving not only how well it can grip crates from different sides, but also how it can perform fast and effective logistics.
Introducing Stretch (Source: Boston Dynamics)
With its compact hardware base and flexible gripper arm, Stretch takes up no more space than a pallet, even in smaller warehouses, and combines the robotics company’s advances in mobility, perception and precision with the challenges of logistics.
Currently, Boston Dynamic is looking for companies to test Stretch in a real-world distribution center or warehouse. This will be followed by an official release to the market in 2022.
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