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Boston Dynamics has continued to advertise the second trading Android, Stretch, a moving robot in the form of a box designed to meet warehouse requirements and distribution centers.




After 28 years of R & D, Boston Dynamics has entered the commercial robots market last year by launching an automated dog.

SPOT costs about $ 75,000 and can walk throughout the facilities for remote inspections and can, using an additional arm extension, open remote doors.

The Stretch Robot is designed to work in the warehouse, unloading trucks, and the company hopes that companies start buying Android when up to trade proliferation in 2022.

With a clear request on warehouse robots, Boston Dynamics began to conduct tests using Android Handle.

Handle began with life-based on a new wheeled mobility platform consisting of two feet, but with wheels at the bottom instead of the feet, allowing all kinds of movement.

The first version of Handle was a robot similar to the man who can do all kinds of movements thanks to wheels, but the robot was not dedicated to work warehouses after.

For the second version, Handle has been reinstated from what appeared as a normal robot to the robot store, instead of his arms, use a large handle to raise funds.

Using Handle, Boston Dynamics arrived to limit trials with customers, but the HAND problem lies in it Sometimes the warehouses must be made in a narrow place, such as a dump truck, and the Android had problems.

It became clear that maneuvering in a narrow space was difficult for Handle, prompting the company to think about another option, a stretch.

The new Android is the first robot from Boston Dynamics that is fully built for the warehouse, and the robot is installed on a large box, so it is stable by default and does not have to balance.

And weighs Android 1200 kg, so there is no need for a large balanced and swinging when lifting, which will not turn Android.

The arm can revolve around the top of the base so that they can dump the boxes from a truck to a conveyor belt without having to move and fall on something.

The result became that Stretch can unload a truckload faster five times from Handle, and can be transferred to 800 boxes per hour.

The wheels in each corner of the Fund allow, all of which are equipped with independent direction, by moving Stretch in any direction, including rotation in place.

The giant rule also means that there is a large space for the battery, enough to run Stretch through a pink working eight hours, or even 16 hours with an enlarged scale option.

There is also a cognitive, a large tower sitting on the roller base itself like an arm and featuring most Android sensors, and contains the applicable on two-dimensional sensors and depth sensors, giving Android high vision for its surroundings.

For vision, Android uses the PICK program from Boston Dynamics, a set of algorithms that are working with automated learning and transferred boxes.

The Stretch base contains a standard interface where you can attach many accessories, such as: conveyor belt and stretcher, and additional senses can be attached to the base, either to realize the situation, such as additional cameras or lidar, or barcode reader.


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