Digit, the bipedal robot of Agility Robotics, has been given a makeover before it applies for jobs in 2024.
Agility Robotics, one of the world’s leading companies in robotics, has long been working on Digit — a bipedal robot made to help in routine warehouse tasks and jobs. The robot is designed to work in warehouse and logistics operations by moving bins from one shelf to a conveyor belt.
While this is a task that is pretty straightforward and Digit can do successfully, Agility Robotics took it upon themselves to upgrade the bipedal robot further by giving it a “makeover”.
What once was a bipedal robot that only had arms, legs, and a torso now has a head for added human-robot interaction (HRI). Although the new design of Digit V4 now includes a horizontally-elongated head, this robot is still considered a bipedal rather than a humanoid. Aside from this, Digit V4 also gets a new set of hands that can help it move bins and totes more efficiently and securely.
Both the design and function of Digit V4 may not seem a lot, but Agility Robotics makes a good point regarding the potential of this bipedal robot.
“Digit is multipurpose, so it can execute a variety of tasks and adapt to many different workflows; a fleet of Digits will be able to switch between applications depending on current warehouse needs and seasonal shifts. Because Digit is also human-centric, meaning it is the size and shape of a human and is built to work in spaces designed for people, it is easy to deploy into existing warehouse operations and as-built infrastructure without costly retrofitting.”.
At the moment of writing, Digit V4 is still limited to the aforementioned design and functions but it seems like Agility Robotics intends to further enhance and upgrade this bipedal robot in time for a mass shipment to its partners for “official employment” in early 2024.