Sawyer is an industrial collaborative robot designed to help out with manufacturing tasks and work alongside humans. You can teach it new tasks by demonstrating what to do using the robot's own arm.
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Rethink's robots are named after Old English occupations, Sawyer being a sawer of wood.
Rodney Brooks, a cofounder of iRobot and a former director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, founded Rethink Robotics, then called Heartland Robotics, in 2008. His goal was to develop an affordable industrial robot that could automate repetitive tasks in small and medium-size manufacturers, working alongside humans and helping them with tasks rather than taking their jobs. The company worked in total secrecy until late 2012, when it changed its name to Rethink Robotics and unveiled its first robot, called Baxter. In 2015 it introduced Sawyer, which was smaller, faster, and more precise than the earlier model. The robot went on sale later that year. Rethink raised $62 million in venture funding. The company shut down in 2018.