Boston Dynamics has introduced Stretch, a box-moving robot designed to support the growing demand for flexible automation solutions in the logistics industry.
Stretch is specifically designed for warehouse facilities and distribution centers, and can tackle a number of tasks where rapid box moving is required, first starting with truck unloading and later expanding into order building.
The robot’s small, omni-directional mobile base allows Stretch to navigate loading docks, maneuver in tight spaces and adapt to changing facility layouts. It is equipped with a custom-designed lightweight arm and a smart-gripper with advanced sensing and controls that can handle a large variety of boxed and shrink-wrapped cases.
Stretch also includes Boston Dynamics’ computer vision technology that enables it to identify boxes without extensive training for each customer. Its vision system works in tandem with pick & place activity.