Boston Dynamics Puts Its Robots to Work
April 2, 2023
The logistics area, like several others, has decided to embrace automation. Many tasks that humans do remain in charge of machines in a trend that seems uncontrollable. As technology advances, more jobs have the possibility of being destroyed by robots. We are talking about a reality that, it should be noted, is not without controversy and those who express themselves in opposition to it. Beyond the conflicting opinions that automation causes, the development of robotics in different companies does not stop. By the way, from time to time he surprises us with new advances.
We already know the famous Boston Dynamics robots whose dexterity has evolved by leaps and bounds, and Tesla’s new Optimus. A new actor ends up adding to these promises, the Digit V4 from the company Agility Robotics. A multipurpose robot created for logistics Logistics establishments, as we mentioned, usually have machines that are delegated to automate several of the daily processes. There are certain tasks, however, that cannot be carried out by robots since the physical spaces and work dynamics remain adapted to human operators. An example of this is the transfer of boxes from the shelves to the conveyor belts, something not so simple for automatons.
Agility states that its new robot is designed for that type of work, and that adopting its robot in production is as simple as putting it to work. As it was prepared to work in human areas, the infrastructure and logistics processes should not be changed, which also translates into saving money. “Digit has the size and shape of a person and is ready to work in your space,” they argue. The firm emphasizes the multipurpose abilities of the artifact. They point out that it can do a variety of tasks and adjust to different workflows.
They even comment that the system is dynamic, which makes it possible to instantly change between different tasks and can be programmed to work in shifts. A tuno doing a certain job and another moment doing another job. At specification level, this new automaton has an elevation of 175 centimeters, a weight of 65 kilograms and can carry up to 16 kilograms (Tesla’s Optimus measures 1.73 centimeters and weighs 57 kilos). The Digit, according to the manufacturer, can work without free time between 16 and 24 hours. When his sovereignty is reaching a limit degree, he takes it upon himself to visit a charging station.
Of course, they do not indicate how long it takes to charge 100% You can walk forwards, backwards, sideways, and even turn in place. Also walk crouched and on uneven terrain. Other of his abilities include stopping once they perceive a person or problem. So what is all this for? As we mentioned, to move boxes or packages from one space to another and to go in a moving truck and download the resources once the destination is reached.
From Agility Robotics they comment that they hope to deliver their first robots at the beginning of next year and announce general availability from 2025. They do not say the cost, but they are confident that their technology will be well received by the logistics area. The firm also suggests that according to its work philosophy they do not try to replace individuals, but to generate machines “that can work in our own spaces next to us.”