July 24, 2008

UMan Manipulates Objects to Learn

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Grad student Dov Katz and one of his professors, Oliver Brock, have created a new concept in robotics. Instead of using software to program the bot, UMan (UMass Mobile Manipulator) pushes around objects to see how they work. The robot looks down from above with his webcam, learns how it moves, then uses the information to figure out what it does. It then can utilize whatever it picks up. Katz likens the movements to that of a baby. Imagine what UMan will be able to do when it grows up!

Via Technology Review

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at July 24, 2008 8:15 AM
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