what will collaborative robots look like in 2030?

in rethinking robotics by Jeff Green

Right now, in a matter of minutes you can train a Sawyer collaborative robot by demonstration to do a task. In the factory of the not too distant future, train by demonstration may become more of a hands off activity where the robot observes the human co-workers, imitating their moves. In fact, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab are already developing new techniques, such as transfer learning, to train robots. Ultimately, those robots will transfer that knowledge on to other robots and machines.

Eventually we’ll be instructing robots verbally in manufacturing plants and warehouses. Ponder that and hear what else Jim Lawton, Rethink’s Chief Product and Marketing Officer, has to say about the future of collaborative robots.

Next, check out this two minute video to see and hear more on the topic of training Rethink’s collaborative robots by demonstration. And drop by Cobot Central for more headlines, videos and news about collaborative robots and manufacturing automation.


About the Author

Jeff Green

I'm Jeff Green, senior content and social media strategist at Rethink Robotics. When I'm not socializing Sawyer and Baxter, our smart, collaborative robots, I'm usually caught up in the home tornado, also known as my three kids. Love them, my wife, old-school Chinese food, movies, and of course game-changing technology.

3 comments on this article

Steph karlstad September 13, 2017 at 11:35 am

I run 10 manufacturing plants in the US. We manaufacture wood compoents for the housing markets.

Are you able to design a robot to pick and place a stick of lumber and a metal plate onto a piece of equipment. Or are you robots move for packaging? thanks

Jeff Green

Jeff Green September 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

Hi Steph. No, not necessarily more for packaging…our robots are ideal for a number of different applications and industries. We’ll have someone from our end touch base with you about that asap. In the meantime, I’d recommend checking out our applications page ( as well as the following videos:


albert dino September 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Great information….Thank you for sharing this information its really helpful !

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