Rethink Robotics, Pioneer of Collaborative Robots, Shuts Down

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According to (This article and its images were originally posted on IEEE Spectrum Robotics October 4, 2018 at 06:17PM.)

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The Bad Boy of Robotics was in high spirits. Rodney Brooks had a lot to show us as we zigzagged through Rethink Robotics’ office in Boston on a June morning in 2012. That was the day Brooks introduced us to Baxter, a robot he said would transform manufacturing and “sell like hotcakes.”

So it was with a bit of sadness that we found out last night that Rethink is shutting down. After a long 10-year run (the company was founded as Heartland Robotics, remember?) and US $150 million raised from investors, Rethink ran out of steam as sales fell short of the company’s goals. The news of the closing was first reported by the Robot Report yesterday.

We reached out to Brooks and asked what he was most proud of during his time at Rethink.

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