Rethink Robotics

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Rethink Robotics
Formerly
Heartland Robotics, Inc.[1]
Industryrobotics
Founded2008
FoundersRodney Brooks, Ann Whittaker
Defunct2018
Websiterethinkrobotics.com

Rethink Robotics (formerly Heartland Robotics, Inc.[2]) was a robotics company co-founded by Rodney Brooks and Ann Whittaker in 2008.[3] Rethink robotics closed its doors on October 3, 2018 and its intellectual property assets were acquired by HAHN Group on October 25, 2018. It was located in Boston, Massachusetts.[3] Rethink Robotics was known for producing collaborative robots Sawyer and Baxter, robots used in factories that could be "taught" new skills rather than programmed.[4][5]

A major theme of Rethink Robotics' technologies was developing cost effective robots that can collaborate with human colleagues, while handling dangerous tasks so humans can focus on other tasks.[6]

Rethink Robotics has won awards and has been an Edison Awards finalist.[7]

Sawyer and Baxter collaborative robots
Sawyer and Baxter collaborative robots

History[edit]

Rethink Robotics was founded in 2008[3] as a startup aiming to create low-cost robots.[8] In 2012, they released the robot Baxter.[9] In 2015, they released a smaller and more flexible counterpart to Baxter, Sawyer, that was designed to perform smaller, more detailed tasks.[9]

In 2016, they released their collaborative robots (cobots) in Australia and New Zealand. These robots were designed to be easy to set up and work alongside, rather than replace, humans in factory environments.[6]

Rethink Robotics went out of business on October 3, 2018.[10][11] Lack of market success was attributed to its closure.[12][13] On October 25, 2018, German automation specialist, HAHN Group acquired all of Rethink's patents and trademarks as well as Rethink's Intera 5 software platform.[14]

Products[edit]

  • Baxter (robot)
  • Baxter Research Robot[15]
  • Intera software platform
  • Sawyer collaborative robot (cobot)
  • ClickSmart Gripper Kits

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heartland Robotics, Inc. Changes Name to Rethink Robotics - Yahoo Finance". 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  2. ^ "Heartland Robotics, Inc. Changes Name to Rethink Robotics - Yahoo Finance". 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  3. ^ a b c "Company Overview of Rethink Robotics, Inc". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Baxter | Redefining Robotics and Manufacturing | Rethink Robotics". 2016-02-15. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  5. ^ Lizette Chapman (8 January 2015). "Rethink Robotics Raises $26.6M to Go Global With Its Robots". WSJ. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b Claire Roberta (January 29, 2016). "Impact Robotics introduces next-gen "cobots" in Australia". Australian Manufacturing. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  7. ^ John Duhamel; et al. (May 20, 2013). "Rethink Robotics -- Finding a Market" (PDF). Stanford University. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Guizzo, Erico; Ackerman, Evan (September 18, 2012). "How Rethink Robotics Built Its New Baxter Robot Worker". IEEE Spectrum. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Jack Linshi (March 19, 2015). "Meet Sawyer, a New Robot That Wants to Revolutionize Manufacturing". time.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Rethink Robotics Closes its Doors". The Robot Report. 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  11. ^ "Pioneering creator of collaborative 'cobots' Rethink Robotics shuts down". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  12. ^ "Rethink Robotics Closes its Doors". The Robot Report. 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  13. ^ "Robot pioneer Rethink shuts down - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  14. ^ "HAHN Group acquires Rethink Robotics IP". The Robot Report. 2018-10-25. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  15. ^ "About Rethink Robotics | Building A Better Robot". Rethink Robotics. Retrieved 3 February 2016.