Boston-based Rethink Robotics on Thursday introduced a new robot, Sawyer, to join its well-known Baxter manufacturing robot.
Sawyer, according to Rethink, is a single-arm robot created to work on machine tending, circuit board testing and other precise tasks “that have historically been impractical to automate with traditional industrial robots.”
From a news release:
Sawyer offers the same highly-touted safety, compliance and usability advantages of Baxter – including the iconic “face” screen, embedded sensors and train-by-demonstration user interface – while providing the smaller footprint and high precision performance needed for tasks that require significant agility and flexibility.
Sawyer’s base price is $29,000 and will have limited availability by this summer. The robot will initially be offered in North America, Europe, China and Japan.
The introduction of the new robot follows Rethink’s $26.6 million funding round in January, led by GE Ventures (the venture capital unit of manufacturing giant General Electric), and including a second new investor, Goldman Sachs (frequently the backer of companies headed for an IPO).