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Ex-Google robotics head, Aaron Edsinger, has unveiled an automated home assistant

15 Jul 2020

The former head of Google’s robotics divisions, Aaron Edsinger, has revealed his new product called Stretch. This robot is designed to be an economical and handy assistant for everyday tasks. Edsinger, along with partner Charlie Kemp of the Georgia Tech Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, invented a lightweight machine consisting of a wheel base, a 3ft-high pole, and a telescoping arm that’s capable of handling objects (up to 3lbs). The new machine can carry items, making your life easier.

The stretchy arm is attached to the center pole and can extend up to 20 inches from its base. Stretch can easily navigate through even the smallest spaces in your home, which is one of its many advantages. This robot is perfect for simple tasks such as vacuum, clean, or store something. It can also move things around the office space or a home (it can put cloths in or remove them from the dryer).

Edsinger and Kemp are the founders of Hello Robot, a company with 10 employees, who claim Stretch to be the first mobile robotic device specifically designed for home or office use. Unlike most other robots on the market, it is portable and lightweight. You can fold it up and take it with you in your car to any place.

Stretch was not designed for heavy lifting; large, heavy industrial robots are more expensive and are most suitable to handling those tasks. Stretch, offered at $17,900 would be a good buy for anyone looking to research or study. It may be priced high at the start, but is a great investment for the future.

It can be either controlled remotely with a remote control or programmed to operate autonomously. It has a 3D camera and a LIDAR sensor to scan the environment and measure distances. It also includes a built-in computer with an Intel Core i5 processor, 16 GB RAM, and 500GB SSD storage. A robotic operating system is compatible with open-sourced library for 3D printer accessories. Built-in microphones allow you to use other features like speech recognition and voice commands.

Edsinger says Stretch will allow developers to bring balance between portability, functionality, and costs so that other revolutionary new developments can be created.

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