Boston Dynamics has introduced Stretch, its new box moving robot to support growing demand for flexible automation solutions in the logistics industry. This is Boston Dynamics’ official entry into warehouse automation as the demand in e-commerce has fueled the growing need for more warehouse efficient automation.
The robot is designed to deal with multiple tasks involving rapid box moving, from truck unloading to order building. The technology behind Stretch builds on Boston Dynamics’ numerous advancements in robotics to create a flexible solution that may work in any warehouse to increase flow of goods, employee safety and lower expenses in fixed automation costs. Stretch may navigate through loading docks and maneuver in tight spaces, adapting to different facility layouts that reduce costs for fixed automation infrastructure.
“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.”