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Intel Labs Creating Robots of the Future

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CoBot2 collaborative robot

A tablet PC from Hewlett-Packard is used as the onboard touch-screen interface for Intel Lab's CoBot2.

Credit: Jeffrey Burt / eWeek

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and scientists from the Intel Labs site on the CMU campus recently held an open house to show off their projects, including the CoBot2 collaborative robot and the HERB (Home Exploring Robot Butler) personal robot.

The CoBot2 robot led people around the room to different demos of projects whenever someone touched particular areas on its display. CoBot2 would stop and wait if someone was in its way, and, after three seconds, say, "Please excuse me." The collaborative robot stands less than five feet tall, and has a Segway base, a camera, and navigational device on top for orienting itself in its environment, and a tablet device for its interface.

The HERB robot could be used to assist people with disabilities in their homes.Able to move around a room with maneuverability similar to CoBot2, HERB is able to perform tasks, learn through imitation, and understand when to hand off work to people. HERB has two arms with fingered hands for grasping objects, a Segway base, and a spinning laser on top to give it a three-dimensional view of its environment.

View a slideshow entitled "Intel Labs: Building Better Robot Butlers, Digital Homes, Cloud Systems."

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