The reason is that some of the customers that tested the robot prior to its official launch were so impressed that there was a strong pre-order demand. These customers include DHL Supply Chain, which committed to a $15 million pre-order, and Performance Team – A Maersk Company.
Thanks to its advanced mobility and relatively small size (its footprint is the size of a pallet), Stretch can unload trailers and maneuver containers, working with different package types and sizes. It can also access tight spaces and even recover packages that might shift or fall during the unloading, thanks to its advanced vision system and custom vacuum gripper.
Stretch can do that all on its own and decide its next action in real-time, without requiring pre-programming of SKU numbers or other box-related information.
Flexible, smart, and autonomous, this robot is also a tireless worker. According to the manufacturer, it can cover an entire shift on a single charge. Also, with a higher-capacity battery option, it can go for 16 hours straight. Another advantage is its scalable design, allowing it to be easily installed in any warehouse infrastructure.
Boston Dynamics claims that Stretch is not just a game-changing mobile platform for logistics operations but one of the most advanced robots in the world.