Cheers! PR2 robot knows where to pour your beer
(Credit: Screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)
Robot! Fetch me a beer!
Yes, robots can actually carry out that order. Now, they can even anticipate where to pour your beverage of choice.
Armed with a Kinect 3D camera and a database of 3D videos, PR2 can analyze what it sees by breaking down activities into several steps. Then it anticipates what might happen next with objects it picks out in the scene. It can choose the most likely next step for activities like eating, drinking, cleaning, and putting things away.
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