I dislike picking up my dog's droppings almost as much as stepping in them. However, a fleet of these automated scoopers could one day safeguard my shoe soles without reducing me to picking up poop.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab have taught Willow Garage's PR2 robot to identify feces based on color, confront the offending substances, and dispose of them in a state-of-the-art plastic bucket. And judging from this video, UPenn gave GRASP a blank check for their fake excrement budget.
The kids up at MIT have cooked up a robot that can bake chocolate cookies for them. They've named it PR2 and filmed it mixing the necessary ingredients with considerable efficiency.
The creators of the PR2 robot are finally done making it fold their laundry. Now they've finally put it to some good, honest labor: billiards. It's just like The Color of Money, except Paul Newman is a task-oriented robot.
Basically, PR2 has been programmed such that when you teach it how to perform an action—such as pouring a beverage out of a can and into a cup—it will then be able to repeat that action regardless of the size and relative position of the objects involved. This is a huge step forward in robotics development, since it…
Although it takes Willow Garage's PR2 58 minutes to complete its mission, it managed to barrel through 8 doors—maneuvering itself around junk scattered all over an office space—and find 9 different electrical outlets to recharge itself. If all the outlets were being used, I wonder if the PR2 is smart enough to figure…