Unveiled at the British Science Festival, the Boris robot scans objects with its sensors and calculates the best way to grab each one of them and where to put them in a dishwasher. While it may appear simplistic to create a device that can perform such menial a task, its creators are quick to remind us that being able to load a dishwater "requires all the manipulative faculties that evolution spent hundreds of millions of years developing."
Boris "sees" objects with depth sensors on its face and wrists. In 10 seconds it calculates up to a thousand possible ways to grasp a novel object with its five robotic fingers and plans a path of arm movements to reach its target, avoiding obstructions.
"It's not been programmed to pick it up - it's been programmed to learn how to pick it up," explained Professor Wyatt.
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