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Watch a Robot Peel a Banana Without Crushing It


The banana-peeling robot.

In tests, the robot was able to successfully peel a banana 57% of the time. The whole process takes less than 3 minutes.

Credit: Heecheol Kim/University of Tokyo

A machine learning system developed by researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo can train a robot to peel a banana without crushing it.

The robot was trained on about 13 hours of data in which a human demonstrator peeled hundreds of bananas.

The machine learning model maps out a trajectory that involves copying the human when it comes to broad movements not likely to damage the fruit.

The system shifts to a reactive approach, in which it responds to changes in its environment, for more precise movements.

The robot successfully peeled a banana 57% of the time, with the process taking fewer than three minutes.

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