13 May '13, 1pm

Finally: Robots Learn What 'Squishy' Really Means

Finally: Robots Learn What 'Squishy' Really Means

After training the PR2 by correlating haptic sensor data with adjectives from humans who touched the same objects, the robot was tested out on a series of objects that it had never experienced before to see whether it would be able to derive the same haptic adjectives as humans do. And it worked. As shown in the video above (although it flashes past pretty quickly at the end), humans described the folded satin pillowcase as "compact, compressible, deformable, smooth, and squishy," while the robot thought it was "compact, compressible, crinkly, smooth, and squishy." I’m not sure where "crinkly" came from, but the rest of it is pretty close, and it’s very impressive for words that have a tendency towards subjectiveness. The researchers summarize:

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hard...

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