Watch it unwrap its first present.
This robot isn’t destined to frolic in fields, like some of its brethren. Stretch has a far more mundane job, requiring it to spend much of its life indoors.
As its name implies, the robot has one giant arm and is “designed to automate box moving tasks in warehouses and distribution centers,” according to the company — up to 800 boxes an hour, which is about the rate of a human, The Verge reports.
In its video announcement, Stretch even gets to unwrap its first present in the form of a small Boston Dynamics Spot, the company’s famed four-legged robot dog.
“Stretch’s mobile base allows it to go to where repetitive box lifting is required — unloading trucks, building pallets of boxes and order building,” Boston Dynamics wrote. “Stretch makes warehouse operations more efficient and safer for workers.”
The company promises that thanks to its “Perception Mast,” Stretch is able to quickly and accurately move boxes around. The arm can easily reach through a truck or past a pallet thanks to its seven degrees of freedom.
A gripper at the end of said arm creates a vacuum to pick up virtually any box up to 23 kilos (50 pounds) in weight — and as long as its lid can support its own weight and is perfectly flat.
A mobile base allows it to move in virtually any direction and even navigate “obstacles and ramps,” according to the company. That also means it can be deployed practically anywhere.
“You can take this capability and you can move it into the back of the truck, you can move it into aisles, you can move it next to your conveyors. It all depends what the problem of the day is,” Boston Dynamics’ VP of business development Michael Perry told The Verge.
Let’s just hope it never has to move a tennis racket or marbles.
READ MORE: Boston Dynamics unveils Stretch: a new robot designed to move boxes in warehouses [The Verge]
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