Rethink announces the Baxter Robot’s little brother, Sawyer [VIDEO]

Rethink Robotics has announced a single-arm, lightweight
robot for precise automation tasks.

The robot, named Sawyer, features the same “face” on its
interface as the company’s Baxter robot, and expands the company’s
collaborative robot range.

The company also claims it will increase the ability of
businesses investing in robots to expand the range of automation in factories.

According to a statement from Rethink, together, Baxter and
the new robot, “can address many of the estimated 90 percent of manufacturing
tasks that cannot be feasibly automated with traditional solutions today.”

CEO Scott Eckert said, “We have taken that
relationship to the next level, with a high performance robot that opens the
door for many new applications that have never been good candidates for
automation.”

The Sawyer robot weighs 19 kilograms, has a payload of 4 kilograms,
a 1 metre reach, and seven degrees of freedom. It runs on the same Intera
software platform as Baxter.

Time reports that development on the Sawyer began in late
2013.

Sawyer’s
base price is $US 29,000, and will be released in a limited way to North
American, European, Chinese and Japanese customers in the US summer 2015,
followed by a general release “targeted for later in the year”.

Sage Automation announced last month that it has been appointed the
authorised Australian integrator of Rethink’s Baxter.

To read a
Manufacturers’ Monthly interview with Rethink’s CMO Jim Lawton from earlier this
year, click here.

Sawyer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4mULTknb2I

Image: Rethink Robotics