Uninterested in Doing Your Laundry? PR2 Robotic Involves the Rescue

It might be good to have a robotic round the home to deal with the laundry, proper? The Jetsons had one (amongst different issues), and you can, too — the PR2, a semi-humanoid robotic, could be very close to being able to doing the laundry from begin to end. A PR2 beforehand was proven to have the ability to fold clear laundry, although it does take its candy time doing so (assume a number of minutes per towel no less than) due to how rigorously it really works. Now, in a video revealed this week, the robotic might be seen taking garments out of a basket and putting them in a washer.

This too occurs at a glacial tempo (the video is sped up) nevertheless it’s nonetheless quick sufficient that it could possibly be completed when you’re at work or out to dinner. Whether or not the robotic can acquire garments from the ground, switch them between machines, and do issues like add cleaning soap and material softener is unknown for now. There isn’t any purpose it should not be capable of with extra work by its creators, a gaggle of roboticists from UC Berkeley and the College of Massachusetts led by Siddharth Srivastava.

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First revealed November 20 2014, 5:00 PM