Boston Dynamics has made a name for itself through fascinating videos of biped and quadruped robots doing backflips, opening doors, and dancing to “Uptown Funk.” Now, it has revealed its latest gadget: a robot that looks like a huge overhead projector on wheels.
It’s called Stretch, and it doesn’t do backflips, it doesn’t dance, and it’s made to do one task: moving boxes. It sounds pretty boring.
But this could, in fact, become Boston Dynamics’ most successful commercial product and turn it into a profitable company.
What does Stretch do?
Stretch has a box-like base with a set of wheels that can move in all directions. On top of the base are a large robotic arm and a perception mast. The robotic arm has seven degrees of freedom and a suction pad array that can grab and lift…