Boston Dynamics Stretch Robot
Boston Dynamics has just unveiled their latest mobile robot, called Stretch. It was designed specially to support the growing demand for flexible automation solutions in the logistics industry, while also marking the company’s official entrance into warehouse automation. Stretch can perform a variety of warehouse tasks including unloading trucks and later order building. Its omni-directional mobile base enables it to navigate loading docks, maneuver in tight spaces and adapt to changing facility layouts. Read more for a video and additional information.

Stretch comes equipped with a custom-designed lightweight arm and a smart-gripper sporting advanced sensing / controls that can handle various boxed as well as shrink-wrapped cases. It also has computer vision technology that allows it to identify boxes easily and without extensive training for each customer, working in tandem with pick & place activity.

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Warehouses are struggling to meet rapidly increasing demand as the world relies more on just-in-time delivery of goods. Mobile robots enable the flexible movement of materials and improve working conditions for employees. Stretch combines Boston Dynamics’ advancements in mobility, perception and manipulation to tackle the most challenging, injury-prone case-handling tasks, and we’re excited to see it put to work,” said Robert Playter, CEO of Boston Dynamics.

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