Innovation Nation is a quick look at what happens when genius meets possibility: stories about some of the NSF-funded inventions and research shaping our world.
A team of UC-Berkeley researchers has programmed a robot to do something brand new--fold towels! They've overcome a major challenge in robotics, which is programming robots to manipulate flexible objects that change shape. Professor Pieter Abbeel and his team developed novel computer vision and manipulation algorithms that enable their robot, PR2, to reliably find the corners of the towels so it can fold them. See how they did it in this episode of Innovation Nation with Miles O Brien.
Credit: Provided by the National Science Foundation
The 26-part video series is produced by CBS News Productions, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and Discovery Science. Each episode is one minute and airs within various Science Channel programs throughout the week. In addition to the Science Channel, Innovation Nation can be found on NSF's new science and engineering multimedia portal Science360.
Upcoming shows include:
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