MIT Robot Arm Corrects Colorful Block-Related Mishaps
Posted November 19, 2012 9:55 AM
We've been traveling around the country the past week, checking out some of the latest goings-on in the wide world of robotics. Amongst the most prevalent themes we've seen across the projects is a sense of real-world uncertainty -- which is to say that any number of things can go wrong when you take a robot outside of its laboratory comfort zone (one roboticist told us about a prototype that malfunctioned thanks to reflections off a nearby building). This is certainly the case in the world of manufacturing robotics, where it's hard to maintain any semblance of the sterile consistencies afforded by testing grounds. MIT grad student Steve Levine showed us a project designed to help manufacturing robots constructed of unreliable parts operate in unreliable environments.
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