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Fetch and Freight
Winner - Silver
Designer: David Dymesich
Company / Organization / School: Fetch Robotics
The growth of e-commerce is pressuring retailers to invest in solutions that can handle the burdens of an on-demand economy. Consumer expectations of speed and efficiency are putting significant pressure on the role of logistics and e-commerce warehouses. To address this challenge, Fetch Robotics designed and introduced a robotics system for the logistics industry. The Fetch Robotics' system is comprised of a mobile base (called Freight) and an advanced mobile manipulator (called Fetch). Fetch and Freight can also use a charging dock for autonomous continuous operations; allowing the robots to charge when needed and then continue on with their tasks. Both robots are built upon the open source robot operating system, ROS. The robots work autonomously alongside workers, performing repetitive tasks such as warehouse delivery, pick and pack, and more. Fetch and Freight used in tandem are capable of handling the vast majority of all items in a typical warehouse.