baxter

  • Teaching robots to learn about the world through touch

    Slowly, but surely, the Baxter robot is learning. It starts as a series of random grasps — the big, red robot pokes and prods clumsily at objects on the table in front of it. The robot is learning through tactile feedback and trial and error — or, as the Carnegie Mellon computer science team behind the project puts it, it’s learning about the world around it like a baby. Read More

  • Rethink Robotics, Home Of Baxter, Brings A New Robot Arm To The Party

    Rethink Robotics, Home Of Baxter, Brings A New Robot Arm To The Party

    Remember Baxter, the robotic arm with a smiling face that you can teach to do simple, repeatable tasks? Well he has a little brother! Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer is a smaller, lighter Baxter with a higher-precision hand. While Baxter was designed to, say, place items in a box over and over again, Sawyer can be used for “tasks that require significant agility and flexibility.”… Read More

  • Baxter The Worker Robot Puts In The Hours So You Don’t Have To

    Baxter The Worker Robot Puts In The Hours So You Don’t Have To

    While I doubt this guy will replace the Homer Simpsons of the world, Baxter by Boston-based Rethink Robotics is a robot that could definitely give the average button pushers a run for their money. The $22,000 robot essentially does chores. You tell it to stand in a room and watch something or to pack boxes and, with some programming, it can get the job done. Then you move Baxter to the next… Read More