October 8, 2013
Rethink Robotics has released version 2.0 of the software for its interactive production robot, Baxter. With the new software, the robot can pick and place parts at any axis, allowing for picking objects off a shelf or loading machines in a horizontal motion.
The software also allows the customer to define waypoints, determining the exact trajectory they want the robot’s arms to follow simply by moving them. Customers also can train the robot to hold its arms in space for a predetermined amount of time, or until a signal indicates it can begin moving again. This allows the robot to hold parts in front of scanners, inspection cameras, or painting stations.
The software also allows the robot to operate at a faster pace with higher consistency, the company reports. With improvements to its integrated vision, the robot can detect and distinguish among a larger variety of part geometries.