According to foreign media reports, Dr. Aaron edsinger, former robot director of Google, led a team to secretly develop a robot. In the past three years, they have developed the auxiliary robot Hello robot. Now, the robot has changed from a relatively low-key invisible state to show its first achievement, stretch research edition.
The base of stretch looks like an AGV car, on which a pole of more than one meter is installed, with a telescopic arm in the middle. This arm can move up and down the pole. “From the height just above the floor to the height far above the table top”, it can extend from the edge of the base to 52 cm.
Because the robot is equipped with two wheel electric drive system and all wheel casters, it can advance at a speed of 0.6 meters per second. When moving, the gripper at the end of the arm can be kept flush with the base, and can be rotated to perform tasks when necessary. According to Hello robot, stretch is the first mobile manipulator that can be easily operated at home or in the workplace, and can also be placed in the back of the car for transportation between project sites.
The 141 cm high, 23 kg auxiliary robot is also equipped with a 3D camera, a laser rangefinder and a built-in computer with Intel Core i5 processing, 16GB ram and 500GB SSD. The head is equipped with a four channel microphone array and 8-watt stereo speakers, and supports volume adjustment. In addition, it has USB, HDMI and Ethernet ports.
The software of the robot is open source software, and it is equipped with a robotic operating system interface and a low-level Python hardware interface. At the same time, it is also set to start automatically. The robot has a large number of installation points and expansion ports for customization and modification, as well as an open source library to support 3D printing accessories. It is reported that the current price of the extended research edition is $17950.