Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Computer vision has a long history, especially in CSE at MSU, and it is quite sophisticated, but touch will be needed to advance robotics (nice overview here: http://spectrum.ieee.org/). As an example, check out this article (http://spectrum.ieee.org/) on the recent Amazon picking challenge where a robot does the current human task of putting items on shelves or selecting from shelves to place in a bin (box). The winner from Delft does a good job, but is quite slow. A common way to pick an object is to use suction, but that doesn't work on everything so the Delft robot has a second grasping "hand." Amazon currently uses a lot of automation (check out the clever Kiva warehouse robots: https://www.youtube.com/), but they still need humans for picking. Our robotic overloads can't replace that human task. Yet.