Robot butler can microwave your Hot Pocket

Meet HERB, the personal robot that can aid you in your home

Check out this video from the Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, in which we meet HERB - the Home Exploring Robot Butler. As Siddartha Srinivasa explains in the video, they are trying to get robots away from the factory floor and into the home, to assist people with everyday activities (especially the elderly). The university says HERB is "a bimanual mobile manipulator comprised of two Barrett WAM arms on a Segway base equipped with a suite of image and range sensors."

In this demonstration, HERB opens up the microwave oven and inserts a meal. Cool!

More details on the HERB project and the Personal Robotics Lab are here. While we may be years away from having robots like Rosie from the Jetsons, it looks like we're getting closer to having some help inside the home.

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