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Ideal for Homes: A Robot that Bakes Chocolate Chip Cookies
By Anthea Quay, 05 Aug 2011
MIT Graduate student, Mario Bollini, has trained a robot how to bake cookies from scratch.
As part of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) program, Bollini spent months programming and researching on the PR2 robot from Willow Garage.
The PR2 identifies ingredients through color and size, and uses a laser scanner and stereo camera to locate butter and the cookie sheet. It then follows a strict recipe and instructions to mix the ingredients, and create and bake the cookie dough.
For delicious cookies without the hassle: the robot’s performance still has to be refined, along with teaching it how to clean up after itself (which is still in the process).
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