It can move up to 800 crates per hour and runs for up to eight hours on a single charge.
Boston Dynamics has introduced a Stretch robot for moving boxes in warehouses, writes The Verge.
The robot is equipped with a square base with wheels, a “perception mast” with cameras and sensors with which it tracks the situation, as well as a robotic arm with seven degrees of freedom and suction cups at the end — it can grab and move boxes weighing up to 23 kg.
When automation equipment is installed in warehouses, it is put in one place and a working space is built around it, the newspaper notes. The robot from Boston Dynamics can move itself to any place in the warehouse where you need to load or unload boxes.
According to Michael Perry, vice president of business development at Boston Dynamics, the robot will help automate processes in warehouses where there is no suitable infrastructure. Thanks to the machine vision and navigation system, it can operate in a minimally adapted space. The robot can be placed in the aisles between the boxes or placed next to the conveyor.
Boston Dynamics claims the Stretch can move up to 800 crates per hour and run for up to eight hours on a single charge. Anyone can control the robot after a couple of hours of training.
The cost is still unknown. Boston Dynamics is looking for customers to pilot test the robot and plans commercial production in 2022.