(50X) Autonomously folding a pile of 5 previously-unseen towels

Project was led by UC Berkeley Ph.D. student Jeremy Maitin-Shepard working with Professor Pieter Abbeel. The video is shown at 50X speed. More details can be found in the paper at www.cs.berkeley.edu

Video Rating: 4 / 5

25 thoughts on “(50X) Autonomously folding a pile of 5 previously-unseen towels

  1. A brilliant bit of Robotics here. And to all the people saying what is the point or that it takes a hour and a half is that you have to realise that this robots processing power is much lower then any human and that this is a huge step, with Moores Law hopefully going to continue at the rate it is Robotics could in a few decades but a realist thing for the public.

  2. Wonder how much energy was used to fold a towel. But hey, i guess progress always starts slow. What wont robots be doing for us in the future?

  3. @snedie69er

    I don’t understand your question. Wikipedia has a decent entry on memristors, but I would check HP’s research online for a more reliable description.

    The bottom line is that they’ll be faster than our current transistor-based processors, especially considering they combine memory with processing.

  4. @jeffreydcatl

    yes i took the liberty to inform myself of this technology. I can’t see it making it’s way past scientific/research/military use for at least 15 years.

  5. @snedie69er

    Few years. It’s similar to flash, so it isn’t anything completely alien. HP expects to have a commercial product ready within the next year or so, but i’ll be pessimistic and say it’ll happen in three.

  6. (2 minutes * 50) / 5 = 20 minutes per towel. You’re fucking fired autonomously folding a pile of 5 previously-unseen towels robot!!!!!

  7. @wokflop It’s the best we can do with robot technology today.
    Check back in about a year and a half to two years or so. Or… well, since this was almost a year ago…
    Within this year.
    PS- Communists beware. Imagine this, but 500x faster. This is the ”working class’s” competition in the future!
    United States beware. China and India’s as-of-yet unnamed robotic working class (silver class?) in the future will dominate you and make you their slaves.

  8. Progression of people’s mentality on robotics:

    1. Okay, it can fold a towel but it’s slow.
    2. Okay, it can fold a towel fast, but it can’t fold other cloths.
    3. Okay, it can fold clothes, but it can’t do dishes or and drive to the grocery store.
    4. Okay, it can get groceries and dishes, but it can’t think creatively.
    6. Okay, it can think creatively, but it isn’t conscious.
    7. Okay, it’s conscious….

    …Well, fuck.

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