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Robotic manipulation of non-rigid objects - where the configuration is unknown beforehand - is now possible. A robot developed at the University of California is capable of analysing towels "on the fly", rather than being given a fixed set of movements. It can analyse different shapes, colours and materials using a pair of high-resolution cameras, then fold and arrange them into neat piles.
Originally posted by QuantumPhysicist
Is it just me or does anybody else see rosie the maid from the Jetsons?
edit on 12/7/11 by QuantumPhysicist because: (no reason given)
Progression of people's mentality on robotics:
1. Okay, it can fold a towel but it's slow.
2. Okay, it can fold a towel fast, but it can't fold other cloths.
3. Okay, it can fold clothes, but it can't do dishes or and drive to the grocery store.
4. Okay, it can get groceries and dishes, but it can't think creatively.
6. Okay, it can think creatively, but it isn't conscious.
7. Okay, it's conscious....