Worker Robot, Baxter

Baxter is a robot that can be trained by showing it how to do something instead of programming it. All you have to do is grab one of the robot arms and move it in the way you want it to move. It records the motion you have taught it and can replay it. Like any macro recording, it can be fine tuned and there is also a software development kit for more complex projects. Baxter costs $22,000 making it easy to project good return on investment turnaround times.

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Meet Baxter, a revolutionary new category of Robot from Rethink Robotics that is capable of applying common sense behavior to manufacturing environments. Affordably priced, versatile and safe enough to work shoulder-to-shoulder with people, Baxter robots redefine how small, mid-size and large domestic manufacturers use automation to compete with manufacturers in low-cost regions of the world.

Baxter’s Capabilities – [rethinkrobotics.com]

A unique robot with unique features
Baxter is an entirely new type robot that is redefining the way robots can be used in manufacturing environments. It performs a variety of repetitive production tasks – all while safely and intelligently working next to people. How? Baxter exhibits behavior-based ‘common sense,’ capable of sensing and adapting to its task and its environment. It requires no complex programming or costly integration. And with its uniquely low price point, Baxter provides a compelling alternative to low-cost offshoring for manufacturers of all sizes.

how baxter is different – [rethinkrobotics.com]

The robot revolution is here (in a good way)
Baxter adapts automatically to environmental changes and comprehends your expectations. It delivers more than speed and precision—it delivers intelligence and common sense. And it’s going to set a new standard of productivity.

How Rethink Robotics Built Its New Baxter Robot Worker – [spectrum.ieee.org]

Rodney Brooks’s new start-up wants to spark a factory revolution with a low-cost, user-friendly robot

In the center of an otherwise unremarkable office stand six large robotic torsos mounted on pedestals and positioned along a bench that’s covered with piles of plastic widgets.


One robot methodically moves widget after widget onto a conveyor belt, the animated face on its LCD screen displaying an expression of quiet concentration. The task is mundane, but the robot is not: This is Baxter, the culmination of nearly five years of secretive development, based on the vision of Rodney Brooks, possibly the world’s most celebrated roboticist. Now founder, chairman, and CTO of Rethink Robotics, the company that built Baxter, Brooks has his sights set characteristically high: to unleash a revolution in manufacturing with a friendly faced factory robot.


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