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Rethink Reveals Version of Baxter Industrial Robot for Researchers
5/10/2013

Rethink Robotics is offering a research version of its Baxter industrial robot powered by a software development kit. The robot costs $22,000 and is aimed at giving robotics researchers an opportunity to create new software for Baxter, a robot designed to work side-by-side with humans safety and intuitively. (Source: Rethink Robotics)
Rethink Robotics is offering a research version of its Baxter industrial robot powered by a software development kit. The robot costs $22,000 and is aimed at giving robotics researchers an opportunity to create new software for Baxter, a robot designed to work side-by-side with humans safety and intuitively.
(Source: Rethink Robotics)

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   5/13/2013 4:40:24 AM
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Yes, I agree with all of you, this is a really great idea and it will be interesting to see what developers come up with when they have a chance to program for the actual robot and not just a facsimilie of the platform. Is this a novel idea, does anyone know? Have other companies done similar things? I wasn't sure about that myself.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/10/2013 2:33:19 PM
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Maybe this post should be titled "Rethink Rethinks Baxter." Anyway, thanks for the post, Elizabeth. Making Baxter available to developers is a great move on Rethink's part and will help accelerate development of this important robot design platform.

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apresher   5/10/2013 2:31:54 PM
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This certainly creates a very potent development environment for software developers.  Will save alot of integration time developing hardware and testing, especially since there seems to be so much interest in humanoid type robots.

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Rob Spiegel   5/10/2013 11:51:44 AM
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This is a great idea. Open software for the robot could create possibilities far beyond what Baxter would have developed for its machines. This open model worked very well for Google when it gave away its Android smartphone operating system. The results were robust enough to allow Google to go toe-to-toe with Apple -- no easy feat. Because of its open approach, Android is now the leading smartphone OS in volume.

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