Teaching Robots to do the Dishes

Posted 9 Nov 2006 at 04:42 UTC by steve Share This

A group at Stanford University has been working on the problem of creating robots that can peform everyday tasks. Among the tasks they've selected are cleaning up after a dinner party, "fetching a person or object from an office upon verbal request, showing guests around a dynamic environment and assembling an IKEA bookshelf using multiple tools". The first task involves some seemingly simple problems such as finding the dirty dishes left over from the dinner party, picking them up, and placing them in the dishwasher. The group of 10 professors and 30 students have solved a small part of that problem. They've created software that allows a robot to examine an unfamiliar object and determine how to pick it up. They expect it make take another decade to produce a consumer-ready robot that does the job. For more details see the Stanford AI Robot (STAIR) project website.

The Cash Earner For Robotics Companies., posted 10 Nov 2006 at 10:11 UTC by marev » (Observer)

The title of this says it,the way for companies and people to make sales and cash for household based robots along with restaurants/bars etc.(robot that collects the dishes etc,loads the dishwasher and when finished unloads and stores them back where they came from).Would make immediate public and buisness interest around the world the second they were for sale.

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