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At Rethink Robotics we have spent the last few years developing a new class of industrial robot.  Rather than being evaluated on speed, precision or repeatability, our robot, Baxter, is about flexibility, adaptability and ease of use.  It has built in safety and common sense behaviors, and is very inexpensive.  An ordinary factory worker can learn in a few minutes how to train it for new tasks.  The robot is aware of its surroundings and understands certain classes of objects in the world. The robot is the interface and it is trained at a task level through a person moving its arms and showing it objects.  It is a collaborative robot and can easily adapt to people changing the world around it, or even stepping in and doing part of its task themselves.  The Baxter robot is now in mass production and being sold to end-user customers.

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