31 August 2010

In the News: Robot sorts socks!

Another robot themed 'In the News' this week. I just couldn't resist it, and the video below is hilarious! So, basically, a team of experts from the University of California have programmed the PR2 robot to identify a pair of socks, work out if they need to be turned inside out, and then bundle the pair together. This sounds impressive, but the whole process does take almost 15 minutes! Still, that's faster than me sometimes. This video has been sped up 15x!

Apparently, this PR2 robot has been taught to do all sorts of things - play billiards, fetch beer, fold laundry and clean up after a party! God knows how long that would take though. The PR2 robot goes on sale soon! For more information visit the Willow Garage website.

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