Agility Robotics is constructing a 70,000 square foot facility called “RoboFab” in Salem, Oregon, to manufacture its humanoid robot, Digit. The factory is expected to open later this year, with customer deliveries starting in 2024 and market availability in 2025. The facility will have the capacity to produce over 10,000 units of the Digit robot per year. The company plans to increase production over time and aims to build “hundreds” of units in its first year.
The humanoid robot Digit stands at a height of 175 cm and weighs approximately 65 kg. It has a pair of claw-shaped hands capable of carrying loads up to 16 kg. The robot can autonomously recharge, allowing for a theoretical continuous operation of 16 hours. It features bird-like legs similar to Agility’s Cassie robot, which holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest 100-meter run by a bipedal robot.
Equipped with camera vision and LiDAR, Digit can be controlled using a tablet-like gamepad and can perform tasks such as picking up and placing objects. Agility Robotics has also been experimenting with the use of language model AI to enable Digit to self-program in response to verbal commands in natural language.
Initially, Digit will be used to move boxes and containers within Agility’s factory and those of its early customers. The company plans to expand its capabilities to loading and unloading trucks in the future. While there are other companies in the market producing humanoid robots, Agility Robotics aims to play a significant role in the growing adoption of humanoid robots in the workforce.
The construction of the RoboFab factory and the increase in production of humanoid robots indicate a significant shift in the workforce. Numerous companies have recognized the potential of humanoid robots and have secured investments to develop and deploy them. The future workforce could see widespread integration of humanoid robots, marking a transformative change.
Sources: Agility Robotics