Rethink Robotics has announced a new addition to their robot family: Sawyer, a single-armed robot designed for machine tending, circuit board testing and other high-precision jobs. You can certainly see the family resemblance between Baxter and Sawyer. Both robots feature the same face screen with simple but expressive eyes and brows. Sawyer can also be trained simply by demonstrating the job, just like his brother. But Sawyer is different. He takes up less space and weighs on 42 lbs. Yet Sawyer is faster, stronger and more precise than Baxter. He’s also about $7,000 more expensive, at $29,000.
“With Baxter, we introduced the concept of robots and people working together on the plant floor,” said Rethink Robotics president and CEO Scott Eckert. “With Sawyer, we have taken that relationship to the next level, with a high performance robot that opens the door for many new applications that have never been good candidates for automation. As we continue to redefine this industry, we also continue to give manufacturers new ways of adding efficiency and flexibility into their operations.”
Sawyer is currently being field tested by several large manufacturing companies in North America, Europe, China and Japan. He’s slated for a limited release this summer, and a general release later in the year.