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Mahru-Z domestic robot maid

Researchers from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) have given us a peak of their new domestic robot named Mahru-Z. The researchers recently demonstrated the robot performing common household tasks such as doing laundry, delivering a fruit basket, turning on a microwave oven, and handling a sandwich.

Mahru-Z stands 1.3 meters tall and weighs a respectable 55 Kgrs. It is the latest generation robot from KIST replacing its predecessor’s wheels with a pair of legs. The new robot has also enhanced visual capabilities which explains why it can perform the above mentioned tasks. The robot is also capable of keeping localized using visual information.

The Korea Times report that lead engineer You Bum-jae has said the following about Mahru-Z’s capabilities,

The most distinctive strength of Mahru-Z is its visual ability to observe objects, recognize the tasks needed to be completed, and execute them. It recognizes people, can turn on microwave ovens, washing machines and toasters, and also pick up sandwiches, cups and whatever else its senses as objects. Another strength of Mahru-Z is that it is autonomous, as it can navigate rooms unattended using its visual sensors, and pick things up on the way.

The Korean and Japanese researchers continue their efforts to develop useful domestic robots to deal with a quickly aging population and an expected labor shortage in the not so distance future; also don’t forget that just yesterday Honda released their Living With Robots short film. Willow Garage in California are also doing their part on meeting this goal with the development of their open source Personal Robot platform, Robot Operating System, and OpenCV computer vision library.

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