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Meet Baxter, a New Kind of Industrial Robot

How Baxter will revolutionize manufacturing and what it means for workers and business owners alike

This is a big deal. After $62M in investment and a commercial development effort extending back to 2008 (earlier if academic research work is also considered), on September 18th Rethink Robotics announced its first product offering, a new class of robotics technology designed primarily for small-to-medium manufacturers.

Baxter is humanoid in more than just its physical appearance. The system was designed to work at a pace and perform tasks in approximately the same way a human would.