The biggest and splashiest exhibit at BIOMEDevice in Boston this week was staged by a company that didn't even exist a year ago.
Rethink Robotics attracted crowds anxious to see activities of the new humanoid robot Baxter, which has been a big hit in the plastics processing industry since its launch late last year.
Baxter can be quickly programmed by line workers to perform simple repetitive tasks and has been adapted by several molders already, including Nypro and Rodon.
"We're introducing version 1.1 here at the show," engineer Mike Fair told PlasticsToday in an interview on the show floor amid a buzz of traffic and questions. "One of the new capabilities is that you can now sequence specific tasks. Right now Baxter determines what actions to perform opportunistically."...