PR2 Robot Dominates In Laundry Room

The PR2 robot from Willow Garage (or rather the team that programs it) has been hard at work trying to put robots to work in places where they are truly needed. Like the laundry room.


(PR2 robot works with discarded clothes)

A big piece that’s been missing from the laundry cycle is the ability of the PR2 to do the first bit: picking up dirty clothes, taking them to the washer, and putting them in. In a video posted yesterday, Siddharth Srivastava and co-authors Shlomo Zilberstein, Abhishek Gupta, Pieter Abbeel, and Stuart Russell show that they’ve just about mastered these tasks.

Science fiction fans keep hoping that robots can be trained to have the kind of functionality shown by the closets in Philip K. Dick's 1965 novel The Zap Gun; see the entry for the handicloset.

Via Spectrum IEEE.

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