Tag: robot

MIT CSAIL teams propose grippers with a humanlike sense of touch

In a pair of recently published technical papers, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) propose new applications of soft robotics — the subfield dealing with machines made from tissue-like materials — that aim to tackle the challenge of grasping objects of different shapes, weights, and sizes. One builds on an existing […]

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Google’s AI teaches robots to grasp occluded objects and adapt to new situations

In a pair of papers published on the preprint server Arxiv.org this week, Google and University of California, Berkely researchers describe new AI and machine learning techniques that enable robots to adapt to never-before-seen tasks and grasp occluded objects. The first study details X-Ray, an algorithm that when deployed on a robot can search through […]

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Google’s AI enables robots to make decisions on the fly

In a paper published this week on the preprint server Arxiv.org, a team of Google Brain; Google X; and University of Calfornia, Berkeley researchers describe an extension to existing AI methods that enable an agent — for instance, a robot — to decide which action to take while performing a previous action. The idea is […]

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MIT CSAIL’s CommPlan AI helps robots efficiently collaborate with humans

In a new study, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab propose a framework called CommPlan, which gives robots that work alongside humans principles for “good etiquette” and leave it to the robots to make decisions that let them finish tasks efficiently. They claim it’s a superior approach to handcrafted rules, because it […]

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Google taps computer vision to improve robot manipulation performance

In a preprint paper, a Google and MIT team investigate whether pre-trained visual representations can be used to improve a robot’s object manipulation performance. They say that their proposed technique — affordance-based manipulation — can enable robots to learn to pick and grasp objects in less than 10 minutes of trial and error, which could […]

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Nvidia researchers use AI to teach robots how to hand objects to humans

In a preprint research paper published this week, Nvidia researchers propose an approach for human-to-robot handovers in which the robot meets the human halfway, classifies the human’s grasp, and plans a trajectory to take the object from the human’s hand. They claim it results in more fluent handovers compared with baselines, and they say it […]

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PETA requests Punxsutawney Phil to be replaced with robot

It is an annual tradition on February 2: Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow, and if he sees his shadow, he has predicted six more weeks of winter. One animal advocacy group is calling for an alteration to this Groundhog Day tradition. Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths co-handler Al Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the […]

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Samsung’s VP of research on making Ballie mobile, personable, and nonthreatening

During a keynote at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, Samsung unveiled Ballie, a small, autonomous rolling sphere with a built-in camera, microphone, and speaker. Details were tough to come by (and still are), but in an interview with VentureBeat, Sajid Sadi, vice president of research at Samsung and the head and cofounder […]

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