Hello Robot introduce Stretch RE1, a mobile robot arm that weighs only 23 kg and costs less than $20,000. Founded by Aaron Edsinger ( Ex Google robotics director ) and Charlie Kemp ( Georgia Tech professor).
Mix of different designs :
Stretch RE1 move its arm in the horizontal plane with its arm and relies almost entirely on one sensor, an Intel RealSense D435i on a pan-tilt head that gives it a huge range of motion. The sensor serves as a navigation camera, manipulation camera, a 3D mapping system, and more.
Also it incorporate several design ideas :
- x/y arm powered by pulley, typical of 3D Printers
- locomotion units from Cleaning Robots
- rgba camera from Drones
the result is a robot that’s small, lightweight, capable, and affordable, all at the same time.
- Remote controlling via human operator
- Autonomous mode
- Object recognition
- Object grasping and carrying
- Mapping mode and navigation
Aaron Edsinger says that Stretch robot is designed to work with people in homes and workplaces and can be teleoperated to do a variety of tasks, including picking up toys, removing laundry from a dryer, and playing games with kids.