Meet BakeBot, a robotic baker

Date:15 November 2011 Tags:

The quest for a kinder, gentler robot took a step forward when MIT’s BakeBot successfully made a giant chocolate biscuit from scratch. What sounds like a simple task for humans actually requires sophisticated hierarchical planning by the robot’s designers, and impressive dexterity to assemble the ingredients, cream the butter and sugar, and shape the dough. Using a PR2 robot from California-based Willow Garage, researchers programmed BakeBot to use laser and stereo cameras to locate and identify the ingredients. Watch a video of BakeBot making a giant biscuit…

– Alex Hutchinson

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