A new generation of two-legged robot Digit, developed by the company Agility Robotics, looks somewhat like a person. The advanced model has a head and eyes, making it more understandable to humans.
While the previous version of Digit was meant to do warehouse and other routine work, the new improved version has got a head and eyes and looks more like a human. The presence of two animated LED eyes is supposed to improve the robot’s interaction with humans, notes The Verge.
Headless Digit appeared on the scene in 2020 as a useful machine for various industries, from logistics to industrial inspections. The robot can even be used as an “avatar” for a remote presence at the scene.
In addition, Digit had to perform some of the tasks on a par with humans and take up about the same space – so it has a height of just under 180 cm and two legs.
Adding a head and eyes is not just a “cosmetic” fix. The sensor head will allow people to better understand Digit’s actions, as its eyes will show important information, such as the intention to change direction or engage in a certain activity, the developer said.
In addition, the design of the arms has been changed, which can now more easily work with plastic containers commonly used in warehouses.
Digit’s capabilities remain limited, however – the robot can walk, squat, climb stairs and perform other simple actions. Its main task is to lift and lower objects weighing up to 16 kg.
It is not yet known how much the robot will cost companies that wish to purchase it. But developer Agility Robotics has announced a partnership program under which it will provide interested customers with an “exclusive opportunity to build Digit skills and abilities” – initially only participants in this initiative will be able to purchase the new model.