Robot feeds people on command!!

Robot feeds people on command!!

Researchers this time have built a robot that can feed you on a single command.It works in conjunction with Amazon's Alexa and could help differently-abled people with their routine activities one day. It is built by researchers from the University of Washington; the robot is a mechanical arm that triggers on command.Ethan Gordon, a doctoral student at the university, recently demoed its capabilities.Gordon just said "Alexa, tell the robot to get a strawberry" and the bot moved on its own, scooped up a piece of fruit from the plate, feeding it to him.The robot uses a range of sensors and an algorithm working on a set of rules defined by the researchers to find a piece of fruit and then pick it up for feeding. They had asked real people to feed a mannequin in order to train the robot to scoop and feed different fruits, including bananas.While training the robot how to find and pick up fruit items, the researchers also worked with caregivers to teach the machine how to feed as a real human would. Now that the robotic arm can feed on command, the team is exploring ways to trigger the machine without speaking.They say it can be modified to work with different assistants, but an additional accessibility tech would make it better.Ultimately, they want to improve the bot to the point when it can serve as a fully-functional system to help people with daily activities.Notably, a robot called Obi can already feed people, but its functionality is fairly limited.

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