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Your New Robot Coworker Will Have a Nine-Foot Wingspan, But More Common Sense

(Photo: Rethink Robotics)

The robotics industry’s much-anticipated crossover moment–from the R&D lab to everyday life–wasn’t supposed to happen until later this year, but it appears Rethink Robotics couldn’t wait to share the good news. Today, the Boston-based startup introduced the world to Baxter: a friendly-eyed, two-armed robot encased in Iron Man-red plastic and designed to “collaborate with human workers.”

Relax, coffee shop-bound knowledge workers. Baxter was designed solely for manufacturing applications. Your jobs are safe for now, economic realities not withstanding.  Read More