• This robot uses color cameras and AI to grab transparent objects

    30 days ago - By The Next Web

    Robots have got pretty good at picking up objects. But give them something shiny or clear, and the poor droids will likely lose their grip. Not ideal if you want a kitchen robot that can slice you a piece of pie. Their confusion often stems from their depth camera systems. These cameras shine infrared light on an object to detect its shape, which works pretty well on opaque items. But put them in front of a transparent object, and the light will go straight through and scatter off reflective surfaces, making it tricky to calculate the item's shape. Researchers from Carnegie...
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  • CMU develops a method to improve robotic grasping of transparent objects

    CMU develops a method to improve robotic grasping of transparent objects

    30 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Picking up transparent objects is hard when you're a robot. Many of the traditional cameras and sensors just can't get a good enough view to tell the grasper where to go. The light from infrared cameras passes through the objects and gets scattered in the process, and depth cameras have trouble determine the proper shape without opaque surfaces.
    The result of all of this is a high failure rate as robot hands attempt to graph into something tactile. It can be a particular issue among those looking to employ robots for recycling, as so many plastic and glass bottles are clear.
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