Baxter is designed to perform a variety of repetitive production tasks for use in manufacturing. The robot's arms provide 70 degrees of freedom and can handle 5 pounds of material each.
The first Baxter was shipped in January 2013, and the first research bot launched in April of the same year; officials said several hundred have already been shipped. Eventually, Rethink hopes Baxter will become self-aware and able to assemble other Baxters or aid in a nursing home. Baxter costs approximately $25,000.