Baxter is a different type of robot delivering a different type of value.
Unlike most robots that work on factory floors, Baxter exhibits behavior-based common sense, meaning it is capable of sensing and adapting to its task and its environment. More than just collaborative, this interactive robot can be trained by manual demonstration and easily integrated with existing automation equipment. With its uniquely low price point of $22,000, Baxter provides a compelling alternative to low-cost offshoring for manufacturers of all sizes. As a result, Baxter is being introduced into a wide range of plants that could never previously consider a robotic automation solution. What’s more, Baxter can handle many repetitive production tasks dirty, dull and dangerous jobs that are typically difficult or expensive to automate, freeing human operators to focus on more value-added jobs.
Baxter was designed specifically to be safe working side-by-side with humans. Baxter doesn’t have any sharp edges and its joints are compliant and designed to give on impact. The sensors that are part of Baxter’s design means it can detect when people are within contact distance and will slow down and/or stop. Traditional robots are super-human in terms of speed, strength, and precision and are expensive, inflexible, unsafe, and require experts to program. Our robots are almost exactly the opposite: they are designed to be about as fast and precise as a human worker would be.
Baxter recently released 2.0 software not only substantially increases the speed at which Baxter performs tasks, but also has added increased functionality. Baxter can now pick and place parts at any axis, has increased waypoint accuracy and is capable of holding its arms out in space for a predetermined amount of time. Baxter’s integrated cameras have also been optimized for better performance during vision-based tasks.