Google teamed up with researchers from Princeton, Colombia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create TossingBot, who can learn how to pick and drop different items in the right containers. During his first rodeo, the mechanical hand did not know what to do with the pile of objects with which he was presented. After 1
As the technology giant explains, programming a robot for correct grasp and throwing specific objects – such as a screwdriver – can land in different ways, based on where you hold it – is extremely difficult. Using machine training, the robot will learn from his experience as well as adapt to new scenarios and learn on the move. This is a type of machine that would be useful in warehouses and distribution centers, such as Amazon or UPS.
In addition to TossingBot, Google's robot works on a R2-D2-like roll robot that uses machine training to navigate new spaces. Researchers also teach a set of mechanical hands with fingers to manipulate objects by pushing, pulling and rotating them.