- The 8ft-high robot, nicknamed Dextrous Blue, is able to establish which type of fabric is in front of it by using a pair of digital cameras as its “eyes” and sensitive grippers as its “hands”, which tell it the texture of the clothes it has picked up.
- The project – officially titled CloPeMa, or Clothes Perception and Manipulation – was funded by the EU and the researchers hope to secure a further grant to pursue their work.
- Folding the clothes proved difficult for the robot. In the future the researchers hope to replace Dextrous Blue’s cake-cutter like appendages with prosthetic hands, allowing it to manipulate the clothes 100 per cent accurately every time.
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