Developed by Rethink Robotics, Baxter is a manufacturing robot…with eyes.
He expresses emotion when something goes wrong, can immediately move onto a new task after the first is finished, and like the noodle-shaving robots before him, he only requires a one-time payment, minus the medical bills and potential unionization that often accompanies human workers.
He’s the first of his kind, a robot that can react and learn on-the-fly. In fact, Baxter can be trained by simply showing him the motions of what you want him to do. And, reportedly, he’s safe enough to work alongside humans without accidentally shaving their heads off.
“This might mean lost jobs for an already struggling low-skill workforce. But it could also help the United States compete in the global manufacturing market against countries that offer low-wage labor.” – This Robot Could Transform Manufacturing