First Towel-Folding Robot -- Small step for housework & giant step for robotics
A team of UC-Berkeley researchers has programmed a robot to do something brand new--fold towels! They've overcome a major challenge in robotics, which is programming robots to manipulate flexible objects that change shape. Professor Pieter Abbeel and his team developed novel computer vision and manipulation algorithms that enable their robot, PR2, to reliably find the corners of the towels so it can fold them. See how they did it in this episode of "Innovation Nation" with Miles O'Brien.
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