Talk about inventions! A team of researchers at MIT have recently developed a mind-boggling design for a robot that can help one get dressed! Yes, that’s right! Aimed to aid those with less mobility, the tech is based on a new algorithm that helps the robot find efficient motion plans to ensure the physical safety of its human counterpart.
Conceptualized by Scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the bot helped put a jacket on a human during trials. It was thereafter viewed as a powerful tool for those with disabilities or limited mobility.
Commenting on it, MIT Ph.D. student Shen Li said, “Developing algorithms to prevent physical harm without unnecessarily impacting the task efficiency is a critical challenge,” he further added, “By allowing robots to make a non-harmful impact with humans, our method can find efficient robot trajectories to dress the human with a safety guarantee.”
Remarking similarly on the research behind the bot, Carnegie Mellon University’s Zackory Erickson stated, “This research could potentially be applied to a wide variety of assistive robotics scenarios, towards the ultimate goal of enabling robots to provide safer physical assistance to people with disabilities.” Mind equals blown!