Inspenet, August 29, 2023.
Apollo 1 represents the first example of a fully operational humanoid robot, capable of autonomously performing tasks in a factory in the company of humans.
Created by Apptronik, a robotics company spun out of the University of Texas Human-Centered Robotics Laboratory in 2016, it is the result of years of humanoid development and design work by creative studio Argodesign. based in Austin.
This robot has not only been designed to challenge our preconceptions of what a humanoid should look like, but it also has a unique visual identity and offers a completely new user experience .
Could Apollo replace humans?
In the near future, Apollo will be deployed in warehouses and manufacturing plants, with a myriad of potential applications. Their goal is to transform the industrial workforce and improve the overall human experience.
Apollo is the first trading robot designed to interact in a friendly way and its mass manufacturing capability ensures optimal performance and high security.
“As labor challenges and employment trends continue to impact our economy, we need to fundamentally change the way we think about work, particularly in the warehouse and supply chain,” said Jeff Cardenas, Apptronik Co-Founder and CEO. .
“People don’t want to do physically demanding robotic jobs in harsh conditions and they shouldn’t have to. Humanoid robots are not just a response to this challenge, they are a necessity and because of our deep robotic lineage, Apollo is in a unique position to literally step in and make an impact,” added Cardenas.
Apollo is a humanoid robot specifically designed to operate in environments intended for use by humans. This robot is about the same height as an average person, with a height of approximately 5 feet 8 inches and a weight of around 160 pounds. Plus, it boasts a load capacity of up to 55 pounds , allowing you to lift items efficiently.
“Apollo’s physical design is critical to making people comfortable working with humanoid robots,” says a statement from Apptronik. “Apollo’s digital face and chest panels encourage easy communication and his friendly, human face sets a new standard for human-robot interactions, approaching a friendly face-to-face exchange with a favorite coworker.”
Users have the option to choose the configuration that best suits their needs for Apollo applications. They can choose to use it as a true humanoid that walks on two pedals, with a torso that moves on wheels, or mounted on a stationary device.
Apollo is the first machine designed to be mass-produced and has been optimized to ensure supply chain resiliency. This unique design, combined with Apptronik’s strategic location near the Texas-Mexico manufacturing corridor, are essential elements for producing affordable humanoid robots on a large scale.
Another outstanding feature of the Apollo is its interchangeable batteries , each lasting 4 hours. This allows the robots to continue working without interruption, as they only need a battery change instead of having to wait for each unit to charge, which would mean time when they could not complete their tasks.
Although Apptronik initially focuses on box and container handling solutions in the logistics and manufacturing industries, Apollo is a general purpose robot designed to operate in the real world.
According to the creators of Apollo, the development partners have plans to expand the robot’s capabilities well beyond the logistics and manufacturing sectors. It is expected to be used in the future in areas such as construction, oil and gas related work , electronics production, retail, home delivery, senior care, and a wide range of additional services.