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The Apollo humanoid robot is being called the ‘iPhone of robots’ and a game changer for the industrial workforce
August 24, 2023
Apptronik has unveiled its humanoid robot Apollo, which it heralds as “the world’s most capable humanoid robot.”
The company said its design is intended to meet ongoing challenges with labor shortages and rising production demands, with Apollo developed to be a new kind of industrial workforce.
Roughly human size, Apollo stands at 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and can carry as much as 55 pounds. The Apptronik team said the robot was built with approachability in mind, promoting human-robot collaboration and communication.
The robot also has digital panels for a face, displaying human-like features for ease of communication.
“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 the supply chain,” said Jeff Cardenas, Apptronik’s CEO. “Humanoid robots are not just an answer to this challenge, they are a necessity.
“We believe that Apollo is one of the most advanced tools humanity has ever created – how we apply it will change the way that we live and work.”
Apptronik also said Apollo was designed to be mass manufacturable, energy efficient, and “optimized for supply chain resiliency” by removing single-sourced core components – an industry first.
“Apollo is the ‘iPhone’ of robots,” the company said in a statement. “Enabling development partners to expand on Apptronik developed solutions and extend the digital world into the physical world to work alongside people and do the jobs that they don’t want to do.”
Apptronik has previously worked alongside NASA to develop the next generation of humanoid robots, notably Valkyrie, NASA’s first bipedal space robot.
Assistant Editor, IoT World Today
Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.
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