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Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before


A robot hangs a coffee mug on a hook.

Researchers in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a system that allows robots to do many different pick-and-place tasks with objects they have never seen before.

Credit: MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a system that allows robots to do many different pick-and-place tasks, without having ever seen the objects with which they are interacting.

The new approach, Keypoint Affordance Manipulation (KPAM), detects a collection of coordinates on an object, which provide information the robot needs to determine what to do with that object.

This method can help a robot to handle variation between objects.

Said MIT researcher Russ Tedrake, "Understanding just a little bit more about the object, the location of a few key points, is enough to enable a wide range of useful manipulation tasks."

From MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab
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