Next step to the robotic house-maid...

OK, so it's a fairly simple task for homo artifex, but a robot is now capable of folding towels.

It takes two minutes of sped-up video to fold the five towels (100 minutes in real time!!), but this is a huge breakthrough in robotics, because towels are not rigid, predictable objects.

The towels are different sizes, different colours, and start off screwed up.

You may be bored, but I'm impressed.

Berkley Website article

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Kryptonite7 years ago
That's quite a feat of design and engineering!
Not very time effective though.
See my discussion below.  The slowness is there both due to the complexity of the visual analysis, and to allow the researchers to closely monitor the motor sequencing.

I fully agree with you.  As hobbiest robot designer, (as of right now)I under stand how difficult, and thus how amazing it is to be able to accomplish such a feat. I was mearly pointing out that it would not ba a time saving device for home use. (yet!)

As of right now? Me too!
lemonie7 years ago
What next?
Sorting whites from colours would be a good one?

I'd like it to be able to clean up a large table full of dirty plates, clean plates, uneaten food and spills!
Big dramatic table-cloth pull, the china stays where it is and everyone claps?
I would post you a "Bender get's made" clip, but YouTube is too busy right now...

That's pretty busy. Possibly DDOS attack by some forum?
zascecs7 years ago
20 minutes per towel!!! I think I'd rather just stick to doing the work myself. Maybe I'll get one of these robots once it can fold a towel in a minute/less... 
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