Posted by: Nar Williams | May 7, 2008

The Day Humans Taught Robots To Cook Breakfast

Another score for human-robot relations! As I’ve predicted all along, robots are not destined to ONLY serve DARPA (programmed warfare, surveillance, you know the drill). They can also SERVE ME. An Omelet.

It’s important to note that the bipedal humanoid robot in the following video isn’t being programmed to make a ham and cheese omelet, but trained — by showing the robot how to make breakfast, just as you would show another human.

Researcher Sylvain Calinon and his team at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory in Switzerland are training Chief Cook Robot using a three phase approach: demonstration, modeling, and reproduction.

Instead of simply memorizing the movements, the ‘bot generalizes the actions and is able to identify when to properly use them. It’ll also speak as it learns, and let researchers know what it’s doing. If HOAP-3 has any questions, the team uses a remote (or in this case, a Wii remote) to answer them.

Dvice via Robots.Net

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Responses

  1. Wonder how this thing would make out on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

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  5. […] video comes along that truly captures a significant moment in human/robot relations – like the robot that cooks breakfast we saw a few weeks ago. This next one sent shivers up my spine, brought a smile to my face, and, […]


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