Japanese robot taught to cope with the Laundry

Commercial service with such works will be launched in 2020.

Японського робота навчили поратися з пранням

Japanese Robotics company Mira presented a remote-controlled robot designed to help with the washing, hanging and drawing the washed things. To control the robot will be a trained operator. The company plans to launch commercial services on the basis of such robots in 2020, according to IEEE Spectrum, informs Rus.Media.

Automation is increasingly true not only of businesses but also the homes of ordinary people. For example, in the last few years, rapidly developing the concept of “smart home” that provides many items in the house such as lamps and refrigerators, connect to the network and be able to convey information about their functions or to cope with other devices. In addition, experts suggest to continue the building automation with robots able to take over some of the household cares. However, while such work almost always represent only research projects that are not ready for Autonomous execution of complex tasks using constraints of the current level of technology.

The company Mira Robotics chose a compromise approach, and decided to create a robot to help with washing clothes, which in the first phase will only execute the commands of the operator, but over time, their accumulated data, learn to do work in offline mode. The robot is mounted on a frame of variable height on a wheeled platform. The frame can change the height from 1.1 to 1.8 meters. The robot has two Electromechanical hands and the head in which the camera is installed for the operator. During operation, the operator can freely move the wheel platform, change the height of the robot, and most importantly – to control both hands and grabbing items. The robot arm is able to lift cargo weighing up to a kilogram.

During a demonstration of the capabilities of the robot, the developers have demonstrated a complete cycle of works: getting towels out of the washing machine, hang them on the dryer, and then folding clothes storage. In the demo you can see how the control of the robot. During operation, the operator sees a video camera at work and control its movement using two controllers Oculus Touch, the movement of which is monitored by using external visual sensors, and inertial sensors in the controllers.

The company intends to use these robots as part of the service, which will be available by subscription, which will cost about $ 200. It is assumed that the robot will work and broadcast the camera image to the operator only in the time that was planned by the owner of the house. In addition, the company has taken other measures to increase security, for example, if frame get document, then the software system will dilute the text so that it is not able to read the statement. At the current stage the robot is being tested, and its full operation to begin in 2020.

Previously, engineers had created other robots to help in household chores. For example, there are already robots that can bring a water bottle to the person with disabilities, to clean his room and the bathroom, and even robots that can bring beer from the fridge.