MIT’s Pc Science and Synthetic Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has a robotic that may mirror the actions of a human simply by watching their bicep. This has a lot of sensible purposes, together with probably aiding an individual to carry massive or awkward objects, however it may also be utilized to… extra topical pursuits.
The robotic, which CSAIL calls RoboRaise, managed to efficiently take its cue from its human pal and carry out the Bottle Cap Problem, which is that factor going round proper now the place individuals (together with tons of celebrities) both efficiently or unsuccessfully attempt to show excessive motor management by kicking off the threaded cap of a plastic bottle with well-placed kick.
RoboRaise can’t kick as a result of, properly, as a result of it’s simply an arm – however it’s nonetheless a powerful demonstration of how properly its mimicry and comfortable robotic hand appendage works to see it handle to spin the cap off the bottle with out disturbing the bottle itself. The robotic itself appears fairly happy with it personal prowess, too, judging by the smug smile on the face on its show.