Boston Dynamics unveils warehouse worker robot

This is Boston Dynamics’ new warehouse worker

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Courtesy: Boston Dynamics

‘Stretch’ is designed for one specific task: moving boxes

based on requests from companies around the world

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL PERRY, VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT BOSTON DYNAMICS, SAYING: "With every new automation project that we go into, we start off by asking the people who work in a physical location: "What is your most difficult challenge?" And we heard pretty much universally across warehousing that truck unloading is one of the most physically difficult and unpleasant jobs.//And that's where Stretch comes into play. You have a small and highly mobile robot that's able to go into existing warehouses without having to reconfigure them for automation and still solve some of the most difficult, physically taxing mobile tasks of picking up and moving boxes in their facilities.//We're looking at picking up boxes around 50 pounds, and our maximum rate of picking up and moving boxes can reach up to 800 cases per hour. So it's a fast moving, highly versatile robot."