28 Apr '15, 12am

Sartorial robot developed at @MIT can fasten and unfasten a zipper by itself

Sartorial robot developed at @MIT can fasten and unfasten a zipper by itself

The Sartorial Robotics effort from MIT’s Personal Robots Group is aimed at creating “robotic systems that utilize the human-centric system of clothing to create robotics for human-robot social interaction.” As part of that team, researcher Adam Whiton focused his Ph.D. thesis on developing the Zipperbot, a “robotic continuous closure for fabric edge joining.” Using optical sensors, the Zipperbot is able to accurately align a zipper’s teeth so it doesn’t become jammed or snag on surrounding material. Motion sensors help the unit zip and unzip as needed. The Zipperbot was designed by MIT researcher Adam Whiton as part of his thesis. In this video, the robotic zipper is shown moving autonomously along material on a flat surface as well as on material wrapped around an arm. Whiton says the sartorial robots approach “is a method of merging fashion theory and robotics through th...

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