The biggest and splashiest exhibit at BIOMEDevice in Boston this week was staged by a company that didn’t even exist a year ago. Rethink Robotics attracted crowds anxious to see activities of the new humanoid robot Baxter, which has been a big hit in the plastics processing industry since its launch late last year.
“We’re introducing version 1.1 here at the show,” said engineer Mike Fair. One of the new capabilities is that Baxter 1.1 software introduces machine synchronized input/output (I/O) signaling and sequencing functionality, enabling tighter integration with existing automation systems. “We’ll be able to integrate and sync Baxter with other manufacturing machines via PLC,” said Fair.