Sign me up! Nothing is worse than losing something important. Have you ever been in a rush and had to jet out of the house and couldn’t find your keys or wallet? If you are like me, I am sure. It seems like these items are lost at the worst possible times. However, researchers in the laboratory are working on a solution to reduce the stress of finding easily lost items.
Researchers at Signal Kinetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge have a research group devoted to developing a groundbreaking robot, according to the Wall Street Journal. This is not just any robot. It’s a robot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and wireless technology to find hidden items that people often lose in their homes.
If you are interested in technology, you might think that the process of finding a missing item is interesting. The report breaks down a few steps in which the robot finds the articles. First, the robot, supported by a robotic arm, sends radio waves that bounce off an RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) tag to detect a wallet between cushions on a sofa.
To break it down, an RFID tag is a high-tech barcode that is accessible to retailers and manufacturers. In the second step, the RFID tag analyzes electromagnetic signals in order to calculate the distance to the missing object. The third and final step is for the robot to navigate to the sofa with a built-in camera. Once at the designated destination, the robot lifts the pillow until the wallet is released and can be picked up.
Currently the latest version of the robot gives what it is supposed to give! It has a 96% success rate in finding and picking up objects in a laboratory setting. That includes clothing and other household items, says Fadel Adib, founding director of the research group.
As we all know, research takes time, and while we need this robot now, we can’t get our hands on it just yet. Fadel said his research group plans to make the robot available to consumers in five to ten years for a price of $ 500 to $ 1,000.
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