MIT robot helps people with disabilities get dressed (video)


Robots are increasingly appearing in innovative ideas and inventions. Now researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology CSAIL have decided to create a machine that will help people with limited mobility get dressed.

The task itself is not an easy one – because the process of dressing clothes requires both safety and dexterity and speed. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with an algorithm that strikes a good balance between these parameters. The main problem is that humans adapt quickly to other people and can easily help someone get dressed – robots, on the other hand, have to learn how to do it from scratch.

The algorithm invented allows “safe collisions” in terms of preventing collisions with humans. Thus, the robot can touch humans more often, but with the caveat that its impact on humans is small.

Scientists explain that it is very difficult to create algorithms that will prevent a robot from hurting a human. This method is all about finding the right trajectories when you dress someone and keep them safe. You can see a video of the whole process below.