So, Where’s My Robot?

Thoughts on Social Machine Learning

PR2 Graduation + GT Spotlight

Nice to see our GT team highlighted on the Willow Garage page today:

Robots like the PR2 may be able to help older adults stay in their homes longer with a high quality of life. The Georgia Tech team aims to make progress towards this long-held dream.  Rather than try to guess what seniors want, the team will work with older adults to better understand their needs and how robots can help. The team will also write code to make the PR2 perform helpful tasks at home. By working closely with seniors throughout the research process, the team hopes to better meet real needs and accelerate progress. To make everything more realistic, the robot will spend some of its time in a real, two-story house on the Georgia Tech campus, called the Aware Home.

They will be doing a spotlight for each of the eleven PR2s heading off to research labs this summer.   The robots were sent off with quite the fanfare, this video (via IEEE Spectrum) captures the “graduation” event nicely, including a brief interview with someone from each team.  The group as a whole is tackling a wide variety of personal robotics challenge problems!

June 7th, 2010 Posted by | GT Lab Updates, HRI, Industry | no comments