Stretch is a multi-purpose mobile robot designed to tackle a number of material handling tasks, starting with truck and container unloading. It's untethered and has a pallet-sized footprint, making it easy to deploy within existing warehouse infrastructure.
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Stretch can move 800 heavy boxes per hour.
In 2021, Boston Dynamics, the robotics firm famous for its dancing quadrupeds and jumping humanoids, introduced a more tame robot. Stretch is the company's first warehouse-specific robot, capable of autonomously unloading boxes from a truck and placing them onto a conveyor belt. Stretch is part of the Boston Dynamics' strategy to continue building innovative robots while also being able to commercialize its creations, staring with applications in logistics and material handling. Boston Dynamics says Stretch was originally developed because of interest received from a video of the company's Atlas humanoid moving boxes. Stretch is a descendent of Handle, a previous research robot that Boston Dynamics developed by combining wheels with legs.