Baxter is a relatively inexpensive new industrial robot, that can reportedly be trained to perform tasks by regular people
Baxter costs about half as much as most of the least expensive industrial robots currently on the market
Baxter is reportedly able to safely work alongside humans, slowing down its actions when they enter its workspace, and ceasing its movements when unexpectedly making contact with them
Baxter's various integrated sensors allow it to be aware of and to “understand” its surroundings
Baxter can reportedly be on the factory floor and ready for training in less than one hour after delivery
Ordinarily, when we think of places where industrial robots are used, we picture the factory floors of deep-pocketed corporations such as Ford or Honda. That could soon change, however, with today’s announcement of the Baxter robot. Made by Boston-based Rethink Robotics, it costs about half as much as most of the least expensive industrial robots currently on the market. Also, it is reportedly very user-friendly – no robotics experts or custom software are required when teaching it new tasks.
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