Can Baxter The Robot Revive The US Economy?

Baxter is a $22,000 robot created by Rodney Brooks and his start up company Rethink Robotics. The idea behind Baxter is that he is not only relatively cheap but also easy to train without any expensive programming and excels at all the dull and repetitive tasks that humans hate so much. The robot is ideal for working on the assembly line where he will not diminish work speed or accuracy throughout his shift and can be happily employed for about $4 per hour.

Baxter the robot readied for U.S. factory revival

The revival of manufacturing in the U.S. has been a hot topic for debate in the run-up to the presidential election, but one company based in Boston believes the answer lies not in factory jobs for humans, but for robots. Rethink Robotics has developed a low cost automoton they say could re-energize factory floors and allow U.S. manufacturers to compete with low wage countries like China.

Original story by Ben Gruber for Reuters:

Video Demo of Baxter at work:

 

Baxter’s Capabilities: 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.

Below, you’ll start to see why Baxter is popping up in all sorts of unexpected places.

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