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New Robot Comes to Its Senses

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JULIA GERMAINE, [email protected]

Robot design is often anthropocentric — the artificial agents have limbs, features and form factors analagous to our own. Surely the human body is a well-designed system, but now researchers are improving robot sensitivity by moving beyond the limits of human morphology. A team from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh has added a vision system to a robot’s hand, allowing it to rapidly model its environment in 3D, as well as locate its hand within that environment. As professor Siddhartha Srinivasa said, robots “usually have heads that consist of a stick with...Read full article

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