Robots

Roomba with Non-Prehensile Object Grasping

Posted 24 Jul 2009 at 22:00 UTC (updated 24 Jul 2009 at 22:09 UTC) by steve Share This

That's a fancy way of saying this Roomba can pick things up from the floor and hand them to humans. This is not just a simple hack either but very nicely designed end-effector documented in great detail in the paper, "1000 Trials: An Empirically Validated End Effector that Robustly Grasps Objects from the Floor" (PDF format). The Roomba Dustpan End-Effector project was done at Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab as a proof-of-concept for the idea of a semi-autonomous assistive robot for home use by motor-impaired users. A future model is planned that will include a scissor-lift to elevate objects after they are grasped. Thanks to Robots.net reader Travis Deyle for tipping us off to this project.

See more of the latest robot news!

Recent blogs

19 Apr 2014 mwaibel (Master)
17 Apr 2014 shimniok (Journeyer)
8 Apr 2014 Petar.Kormushev (Master)
6 Apr 2014 steve (Master)
10 Mar 2014 Flanneltron (Journeyer)
2 Mar 2014 wedesoft (Master)
1 Dec 2013 AI4U (Observer)
13 Nov 2013 jlin (Master)
23 Jun 2013 Mubot (Master)
13 May 2013 JLaplace (Observer)
X
Share this page