You’re pretty good with your hands, buddy!
Our robotic creations are getting smarter and smarter. A new robot created at the University of Tokyo is so smart, in fact, that it can successfully handle the tricky task of peeling a banana — well, at least most of the time.
A team of researchers published their first study on the robot earlier this month in the Cornell University Journal Arxivand new video footage released this week on new scientist Youtube channel shows the bot in action. Two “arms”, each equipped with two “fingers”, gently twist the banana and peel off the top of the stem. He then manipulates the fruit to remove the rest of the skin.
According to a report released Thursday in new scientist, the robot successfully peels bananas just over half the time. Typically, machines struggle with the soft touch and nuanced motor skills needed to manipulate objects without destroying them, because no two bananas, apples, or any other fruit are the same. To achieve this, the researchers manually controlled the robot for 811 minutes and peeled hundreds of bananas, giving the robot the opportunity to learn the art of peeling on its own.
Look at Ma, hands free!
One of the use cases that immediately comes to mind for such a robot is as a mobility aid for people who need help with fine motor skills on a daily basis. Patients with arthritis, for example, may struggle with tasks like opening toothpasteusing can openers or even peeling fruit.
According to Disability Benefits Center, arthritis can actually become so severe that it completely eliminates a person’s ability to work or perform daily tasks. If a robot like the one pictured above could be made for home or personal use, it could help handle small tasks and restore some mobility to the patient.
It’s pretty cool to see a bot peel a banana, but we can’t wait to see how technology like this will be used to improve everyday life in the future.
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