Who wouldn't want a robot to fold their laundry? Cleaning is certainly one of the most interesting uses of consumer robots--millions of robotic vacuum cleaners have already been sold. But this Cal Berkeley project addresses computer vision, one of the toughest challenges of robots. A research team developed software for a Willow Garage PR2 that allows it to recognize and fold towels. Special techniques need to be developed for handling objects with no set shape, which are much harder for robots to recognize.
April 3, 2012 5:45 AM PDT
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