Roomba with Non-Prehensile Object Grasping

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Roomba with Non-Prehensile Object Grasping
« on: July 25, 2009, 01:00:06 AM »
Roomba with Non-Prehensile Object Grasping

That's a fancy way of saying this Roomba can pick things up from
the floor and hand them to humans. This is not just a simple hack either
but very nicely designed end-effector documented in great detail in the
paper, "1000
Trials: An Empirically Validated End Effector that Robustly Grasps
Objects from the Floor" (PDF format). The Roomba
Dustpan End-Effector project was done at Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab as a
proof-of-concept for the idea of a semi-autonomous assistive robot for
home use by motor-impaired users. A future model is planned that will
include a scissor-lift to elevate objects after they are grasped. Thanks
to reader Travis Deyle for tipping us off to this project.


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