Researchers at University of California-Berkeley and University of Massachusetts in Amherst have developed algorithms that allow robots to plan for doing laundry services. The team included Indian origin researchers, Siddharth Srivastava and Abhishek Gupta.
The researchers used programmable PR2 robot. It has Microsoft Kinect sensor for visibility.
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts programmed the robot in such a way that it can do laundry without having any prior knowledge on how many clothes need to be washed and what type of clothes to be washed.
“The widely imagined helper robots of the future are expected to ‘clear the table,’ ‘do laundry’ or perform day-to-day tasks with ease,” Srivastava said.
The researchers took inspiration from the human behaviour, the unconscious action of pulling, stuffing, folding and piling.
The laundry robot can identify the dirty clothes in a pile, put them in a laundry basket, move the basket to a laundry machine, load the machine and even fold clean clothes.
Though the robot can do the laundry tasks in 15 minutes, the software actually provides solution in less than one second.
The researchers have presented a paper at the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Austin.