Soft robotic arm opens the door to doing science under the sea

Rethink Robotics, the Boston company that pioneered the development of “cobots” —collaborative robots designed to work alongside humans — shut down on Wednesday. The company’s closure was abrupt and surprised members of the robotics community. According to the Boston Globe, Rethink had been exploring a deal to sell itself to another firm, but the acquisition fell through at the last minute. “We thought that we had a deal that we were going to be able to close,” Rethink chief executive Scott Eckert told the Globe. Ecekert declined to name the company involved in the failed acquisition, but said that Rethink had been running low on cash after disappointing sales of its Baxter and Sawyer robots. We’ve reached out to Rethink and will update... Continue reading…

Soft robotic arm opens the door to doing science under the sea

Wyss Institute's forays into soft robots and robotics have yielded fruit in the shape of a soft robotic arm fit for use on submarines to handle delicate marine life like coral, jellyfish ...

Fri 5 Oct 18 from Gizmag

Groundbreaking maker of gentle factory robots shuts down

Friendly Baxter faced strong competition from smaller, lighter rivals.

Mon 8 Oct 18 from Arstechnica

Collaborative robot maker Rethink Robotics shuts down

For a while, it looked like Rethink Robotics would shake up the world with its collaborative robots: rather than having to write code, workers could teach bots to perform tasks by guiding ...

Thu 4 Oct 18 from Engadget

A Long Goodbye to Baxter, a Gentle Giant Among Robots

Baxter is a legend in these early days of advanced robotics. But now its maker, Rethink Robotics, is folding.

Mon 8 Oct 18 from Wired Science

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