Monday, May 10, 2010

Towel Folding Robot, a must-have for all laundry rooms

There are times when people feel like owning robots which could help with the usual household chores. That could sound like a far-fetched idea but here is one robot developed by doctoral studentJeremy Maitin-Shepard and Assistant Professor Pieter Abbeel [Berkeley's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences] which can fold towels of different size and colors with great perfection.The robot has been built by the robotics company Willow Garage.

Robots are generally made to handle objects with a given shape or a rigid shape. The problem arises when they have to face a variety of shapes in case of a deforming 3-dimensional object, as in a cloth. The video explains how this Towel Folding Robot takes care of it all.

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