The University of California at Berkeley demonstrated the PR2 robot in 2010, a robot designed to help take care of laundry -and the research is advancing nicely. During the demonstration four years ago, it took the robot around 20 minutes per towel, but it continues to speed up as research developments mature.
A large portion of the overlooked and mundane steps that can be easily done by humans, however, has proven to be difficult to assign for PR2. Steps ranging from locating dirty laundry and picking it up to transporting the laundry to the washer, putting in detergent and then placing the clothes into the dryer are difficult.
In Japan, where an aging population needs assistance as the age gap widens, Japanese researchers are developing robots designed to aid in daily chores and activities.
- Scientists build a Spider-Man-like robot that sucks its way up walls
- UK scientific advice: social distancing will need to last 12 months
- PiBo is an adorable, helpful robot that can cure your loneliness
- OpenAI shows one-handed robot solve a Rubik's cube
- Black Mirror becomes reality: Massachusetts police tests robot dog
- > NEXT STORY: Made in China e-cigarette apparently can also be infected by malware
- < PREVIOUS STORY: Android 5.0 encryption slows storage performance by up to 80%