10 Takeaways From A3’s Autonomous Mobile Robot and Logistics Conference

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Boston Dynamics looks to commercial future with Stretch

​In the session on “The Next Generation of Autonomous Mobile Robots,” Kevin Blankespoor, senior vice president and general manager of warehouse robotics at Boston Dynamics, demonstrated the well-known Spot quadruped robot.

Blankespoor also explained that the Waltham, Mass.-based company has invested significant resources in its Stretch depalletizing robot. Mixed-SKU pallet handling is a goal for the mobile manipulator, he said.

Spot was also part of a demonstration with a security drone at the FedEx DART research and development center at the end of the conference.

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1. No one size fits all for the DC of the future

2. Find 'low-hanging fruit' and build 'virtual belts'

3. Start small, but think big

4. Don't underestimate your environment

5. Don't forget your workforce

6. Boston Dynamics looks to commercial future with Stretch

7. The newlywed game

8. Partnerships aim to accelerate AMR adoption

9. Incremental change but big investments

10. Industry increasingly recognizes need for interoperability

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