Stretch, the new Boston Dynamics robot perfect for moving
The new Boston Dynamics robot is the perfect companion for making a move. It is called Stretch, it is equipped with an arm with a suction cup and various sensors, and it is capable of grabbing and moving up to 800 boxes per hour.
Boston Dynamics robots have not stopped surprising us over the years. Atlas, the humanoid robot that the company designed to achieve the same physical agility as humans, has evolved over time to achieve truly amazing qualities. We soon saw him go from learning to maintain balance to practicing artistic gymnastics or dancing the twist, and thanks to him the company has acquired a great deal of experience to apply in the development of other robots.
Boston Dynamics has used some of the knowledge gained from Atlas to create a new automaton. It is called Stretch and it is a robot designed to optimize the automation of warehouses and logistics centers, now that their number has multiplied due to the growth in demand for e-commerce. In fact, according analysts, there are more than 150,000 warehouses and distribution centers around the world.
Usually, warehouses and logistics centers that have automation have very expensive fixed infrastructures or mobile robots that are not quite as productive as they should be so that the owners are compensated for the investment.
To meet the current needs of this industry, Boston Dynamics has created Stretch, a multipurpose mobile robot specifically designed to carry out various tasks required in warehouses and logistics centers.
“Warehouses are struggling to meet rapidly increasing demand as the world relies more on just-in-time product delivery,” Explain Robert Playter, director ejecutivo de Boston Dynamics. “Mobile robots enable 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 and injury-prone case management tasks, and we are excited to see it in practice “.
It is made up of a small omni-directional mobile base equipped with cameras and various sensors By means of which the automaton can move freely through the loading docks, as well as maneuver in confined spaces. Thanks to this, the robot is able to adapt to all types of installations, saving the high costs of fixed automation infrastructures.
The mobile base is completed with a large robotic arm equipped with a suction cup array To the extreme. This limb allows Stretch grip and move up to 800 boxes weighing up to 23 kg per hour, a throughput rate comparable to that of a human operator, but with the advantage of not getting tired. It has high-capacity batteries that allow it to run for eight hours straight before it needs to be recharged.