A Flexible Platform Across All Areas
The Baxter Research Robot is an incredibly flexible platform an can be used for teaching, research and outreach work by multiple departments within a University. Because the robot is inherently safe it can be used without the need for safety cages and extensive Health and Safety reviewing so that users can get up close and personal with the robot from the start.
Collaborative Robots are the Future
Smart, collaborative robots which can work alongside people like humans do are the future of efficient manufacturing and now is the time to engage students and lead them to a path towards robotics and engineering. Only now is importance being emphasised on STEM subjects and STEM workshops but it would appear that the Western World is already falling behind the Far East in implementing collaborative robotics in education and manufacturing.
Usable by all ages
Baxter can be used by all ages, starting with Primary school children all the way through to Post-Doctoral Researchers such is its ease of use and level of safety. This means that Baxter can be used for STEM classroom teaching, robotics and electrical engineering lab work, academic research as well as University outreach and promotion purposes.
If Baxter’s unique safety features, impressive hardware and incredible price aren’t reason enough, Baxter has more to offer away from the robot itself. Unlike other platforms Baxter can be used with both Gazebo and MoveIt, an Open Source simulator, and integrated planning and visualisation environment, which can be installed on multiple machines without the burden of software subscriptions and yearly renewal charges. By being able to write and test code offline, and then use the same code on Baxter, time with Baxter is much more productive. This means that multiple users can simultaneously plug and play with Baxter to test their coding and programming. Baxter allows direct programming access via the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS) and there are also a variety of programming languages which can be used such as Python, C++, Java, MATLAB and .Net.
Flexibility Across Uses
Because Baxter can be used for teaching, research and outreach there is likely to be great demand for the robot and with typical systems user accounts and settings would have to be created and managed, with Baxter there is no need. Once one user disconnects their work from Baxter, its then ready for the next and downtime is eliminated. This means that you don’t need to restart the robot or change settings and permissions between users which saves a lot of time and hassle for both students and teachers alike.
Baxter is a revolution in collaborative robotics and is the modern day power tool, here to better equip individuals and businesses alike to work more productively and efficiently. By equipping students with the most advanced robotics technology at an early life gives them the best possible opportunities for the future, not only for them but for the businesses they work for.