Boston Dynamics Welcomes "Stretch" Warehouse Robot to Its Family

The company’s answer to the growing demand in e-commerce.

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Boston Dynamics welcomes its newest robot to its family. Named Stretch, this robot was designed with logistics in mind and is the robotics company’s answer to the growing demand in e-commerce.

Designed with warehouses and distribution facilities in mind, Stretch is capable of moving boxes in rapid succession and takes up less physical space than traditional automated machinery. Stretch is also quite versatile with its omni-directional base, it’s able to identify different types of boxes using Boston Dynamics’ computer vision technology, and has a high pick rate thanks to its lightweight smart-gripper arm.

“Warehouses are struggling to meet rapidly increasing demand as the world relies more on just-in-time delivery of goods,” said Robert Playter, CEO of Boston Dynamics. “Mobile robots enable the flexible movement of materials and improve working conditions for employees. Stretch combines Boston Dynamics’ advancements in mobility, perception and manipulation to tackle the most challenging, injury-prone case-handling tasks, and we’re excited to see it put to work.”

Check out Stretch in action in the video above and for those looking to pilot test deployment of Stretch, head over the Stretch Early Adopter Program to apply.

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