Meet Stretch: Boston Dynamics' new box-shifting robot

Stretch is a new warehouse robot designed to boost productivity in the logistics sector

Boston Dynamics has added to its ranks in the form of Stretch, a new box-moving robot that marks the firm's official foray into warehouse automation. 

Designed for use in warehouse facilities and distribution centres, Stretch will tackle a number of tasks where rapid box movement is required, such as truck unloading and - at a later date - order building.

Boston Dynamics hopes the new robot will prove of use to logistic companies wanting to increase their flow of goods, improve employee safety, and lower expensive fixed automation costs. Stretch can navigate loading docks, manoeuvre in tight spaces, and adapt to changing facility layouts, which the company claims will eliminate the need for costly automation infrastructure.

Stretch can handle a variety of boxed and shrink-wrapped cases and has “computer vision technology” that allows it to identify boxes easily and without extensive training for each customer. Its mobile base means it can move in any direction and navigate obstacles and ramps.

The firm says it is providing an easier path to automation by working within existing warehouse spaces and operations, without requiring additional investment in reconfiguration or new fixed infrastructure.

“Warehouses are struggling to meet rapidly increasing demand as the world relies more on just-in-time delivery of goods,” said Robert Playter, CEO of Boston Dynamics.

“Mobile robots enable the flexible movement of materials and improve working conditions for employees. Stretch combines Boston Dynamics’ advancements in mobility, perception and manipulation to tackle the most challenging, injury-prone case-handling tasks, and we’re excited to see it put to work.”

The company is currently looking for customers to pilot test Stretch’s deployment with truck unloading tasks and hopes to deploy it commercially in 2022.

Last June, the robotics company launched online sales for Spot, its dog-like robot, which can climb stairs and traverse rough terrain. It marked the first time businesses could purchase a Boston Dynamics robot and went on sale for $74,500.

Featured Resources

Unlocking collaboration: Making software work better together

How to improve collaboration and agility with the right tech

Download now

Four steps to field service excellence

How to thrive in the experience economy

Download now

Six things a developer should know about Postgres

Why enterprises are choosing PostgreSQL

Download now

The path to CX excellence for B2B services

The four stages to thrive in the experience economy

Download now

Recommended

10 keys to AI success in 2021
Whitepaper

10 keys to AI success in 2021

10 Mar 2021
MLOps 101: The foundation for your AI strategy
Whitepaper

MLOps 101: The foundation for your AI strategy

10 Mar 2021
How to choose an AI vendor
Whitepaper

How to choose an AI vendor

10 Mar 2021
Realising the benefits of automated machine learning
Whitepaper

Realising the benefits of automated machine learning

10 Mar 2021

Most Popular

Microsoft is submerging servers in boiling liquid to prevent Teams outages
data centres

Microsoft is submerging servers in boiling liquid to prevent Teams outages

7 Apr 2021
Hackers are using fake messages to break into WhatsApp accounts
instant messaging (IM)

Hackers are using fake messages to break into WhatsApp accounts

8 Apr 2021
How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

8 Apr 2021