Agility Robotics recently announced the creation of the world’s first dedicated humanoid robot factory called RobotFab.
Located in Salem, Oregon, the company’s innovative facility is set to mass-produce a line of humanoid robots named “Digit”.
The manufacturing plant, once fully operational, is projected to produce up to 10,000 “Digits” annually.
While it sounds like science fiction, Agility believes we are on the cusp of a robot revolution.
“We built Digit to solve difficult problems in today’s workforce like injuries, burnout, high turnover, and unfillable labor gaps, with the ultimate vision of enabling humans to be more human,” said Agility CEO Damion Shelton.
At its peak capacity, the factory is slated to provide employment for 500 people.
Agility Robotics’ venture into the large-scale production of humanoid robots is not just a technological milestone but a symbol of the future of robotics and its seamless integration into human society.
Founded in 2015, Agility Robotics emerged to capitalize on the latest scientific and technological advancements in the realm of robotic legged mobility.
Their commitment to innovation was further showcased in January 2020 when they launched the first commercial version of Digit, priced in the low-mid six-figure range.
The robotics market is expanding rapidly with the market space sized at $39 billion last year.
Many industrial robots are built for single tasks and are inflexible for multiple tasks.
“Digit is designed from the ground up to go where people go and do useful work, safely, in spaces designed for people,” company officials said. “Because so many tasks are designed around human workflows, Digit’s human-centric design enables multi-purpose utility.