Android Worker ‘Baxter’ Could Change the Face of US Manufacturing_Featured_, Technology Monday, September 24th, 2012
(Inhabitat) Rethink Robotics have created a new android that they believe could stop industrial manufacturing jobs from going overseas. The Boston-based company has created a revolutionary humanoid robot named Baxter, and they believe their product could transform US manufacturing by being a source of cheap and reliable labor.
For those of you who think that having a robot would be a substantial investment, Rethink Robotics have created Baxter to be surprisingly low-cost. As such, he only costs $22,000, and that includes software upgrades. This allows small and medium-sized companies to be able to afford these multi-purpose robots instead of sending work overseas to the likes of China.
Baxter is also safer than standard industrial robots as he is covered in soft materials in case of impact. He is also equipped with sensors that warn him if people are near, allowing him to stop moving so no accidents will occur.
Speaking to CNET News, Rethink Robotics founder and CTO Rodney Brooks said: “(Baxter) is designed so that an ordinary factory worker can train it to do a task in minutes. It’s applying what IT has done for the office worker or ordinary consumers, giving them powerful tools and smartphones, to industrial automation to increase productivity of regular factory workers.”