Stretch is a compact, lightweight, and low-cost mobile robot equipped with an innovative telescoping arm. It's designed for researchers developing robot applications to help people in homes and workplaces.
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Hello Robot cofounders Aaron Edsinger and Charlie Kemp met at MIT, where they were students of famed roboticist Rodney Brooks.
Hello Robot introduced Stretch RE1, a compact, low-cost mobile manipulator designed for researchers, in July 2020. With offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Atlanta, Ga., Hello Robot was founded by ex-Googler Aaron Edsinger and Georgia Tech robotics professor Charlie Kemp. Previously, Edsinger was a cofounder of Meka Robotics and Redwood Robotics, which were acquired by Google in 2013, along with six other robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics. Edsinger stayed at Google as one of the directors of its robotics program until 2017, when he left to cofound Hello Robot with Kemp. Kemp heads Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab, where he conducts research on mobile manipulators to assist older adults and people with disabilities. Hello Robot launched Stretch as a research platform but the company says it hopes to see the robot deployed in homes and workplaces so that it is helpful to people in society.