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Baxter Research Robot Q&A

What is the Baxter Research Robot?

Answer:  Baxter Research Robot is a revolutionary new generation of robot designed to provide corporate research & development departments and academic facilities with a safe, affordable, robust platform on which they can develop new applications. It is a $25,000 (USD) MSRP humanoid robot platform with two 7-axis arms, integrated cameras, sonar, torque sensors, and direct programming access via standard ROS controls.

How does Baxter Research Robot differ from the original Baxter robot introduced by Rethink Robotics in 2012?

Answer:  Baxter Research Robot leverages the same impressive hardware and characteristics of the original Baxter robot being used by manufacturers, while providing an open source Software Development Kit (SDK) that will allow researchers to build a wide array of custom applications. Featuring the same low base price point and ease of use as the original Baxter robot, the Baxter Research Robot provides a safe, affordable and flexible platform from which new applications can be developed.

Who (and what) is Baxter Research Robot useful for?

Answer:  Baxter Research Robot is designed specifically for academic and corporate R&D departments. It allows researchers to focus on specific goals, including human-robot interaction, collaborative robotics, planning, manipulation, control and perception in all applications. It provides a safe, stable and flexible hardware platform at an extremely affordable price.

How is Baxter Research Robot controlled?

Answer:  The Baxter Research Robot runs on ROS (robot operating system), the standard software framework for robot researchers around the globe. In addition, it utilizes the Unified Robot Description Format (URDF) to promote collaboration across research groups.

Can I purchase a Baxter Research Robot outside of the United States?

Answer:  Yes!  Baxter Research Robot is now available to academic and corporate researchers in Europe, the UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, China and Hong Kong via the Baxter Research Prototype Robot.  Click here for more information about international availability, or here to configure your Baxter in regional currency.

How much does Baxter Research Robot cost?

Answer:  Baxter Research Robot features a base price of $25,000 MSRP in the United States.  Pricing for each international version can be accessed on its respective Buy Baxter page, available here.

Can a user switch between the original Baxter robot UI and the Baxter Research Robot software?

Answer:  Not currently. While we are considering eventually adding the manufacturing UI to the suite of tools that can be used on the Baxter Research Robot, there are currently no immediate plans to do so.

Is Baxter Research Robot collecting information about your research and sending it back to Rethink (or anywhere else)?

Answer:  No! Even though the Baxter Research Robot requires an Ethernet connection and a network address to communicate with the development workstation, the data you collect from Baxter is never pulled from your system.

Are there any special funding opportunities available for Baxter Research Robot?

Answer:  Baxter Research Robot has been designated as a recommended package for funding proposals submitted through the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), a specific funding program offered by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to accelerate advances in human-robot collaborative research.  Click here to download our Grant Proposal Starter Kit that can help you submit your application for funding.

What kind of pizza does Baxter Research Robot prefer?

Answer:  Baxter Research Robot doesn’t eat pizza. (But if it did, it would prefer pepperoni…)

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