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thundara  ·  3431 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Towards Intelligent Compliant Service Robots

    You can't have an efficient worker in your house that doesn't have the capacity for context.

Meaning? It seemed like half the innovation of the video, besides the flexible robotics, was the system they'd developed for detecting changes in the environment and adjusting behavior accordingly.

That aside, I'm curious what makes movements so slow. Is it inherent to the hardware? Or are movements purposely slowed down to allow for repeated checks to the environment / positioning of the arms? There's a robot at UC Berkeley that is used to study interactions with cloth (do laundry):

but it also has the same issue of needing a 50X speedup in the video to appear to do the task at a human speed.

mk  ·  3430 days ago  ·  link  ·  


That the robot will start wiping your bowl of leftovers with a sponge brush, or not realize that it really needs to work at that dried flake of oatmeal, or wipe the screen with a squeegee.

Being able to physically and appropriately perform these tasks is amazing, but it's just one part of a very complex set of processes. For that reason, I think these robots will be put to better use in a controlled industrial/service setting, rather than someone's living space.