Robot folds laundry


50 Responses to “Robot folds laundry”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice LEOPARD print towel…loser.

    • Anonymous says:

      The leopard print was probably used to test the ability to deal with complex patterns without any problems.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What happens when you put a shirt in the pile?

  3. pragmatist says:

    I love how the time-lapse footage makes its final folding actions look downright dainty!

  4. Chupacabara says:

    Klaatu Barada Nickers!

    • bpratt says:

      #16 FTW!

      Not a 4/1 gag, though. Per the team’s paper the average total duration per towel was 1478 seconds (about 25 minutes) so you can see why they went the timelapse video route.

  5. donotclickjim says:

    Impressive, even if it does take it forever. Just think, if they can improve the speed and get the costs down this could also end the fast food jobs as well as any other low skill labor job. Give it 10-20 years and these will dominate the current low wage jobs.

  6. SamSam says:

    It’s Rosie!

    It’s amazing how anthropomorphic she gets after a minute or so, at least to me. The quizzical way she holds up a new towel — now what the hell am I going to do with this one? Is this really a towel? How about on the back? — is priceless.

  7. apoxia says:

    Shit, Skynet’s just around the corner!

  8. randalll says:

    If they figured out how to make it pair up socks and hang up dress shirts I would drop $500 on this immediately. I haaaate doing laundry.

  9. GraemeM says:

    Brilliant! Now give it a pair of trousers, at tie and a bra, in that order, and sent it around here on a Sunday. PS, the bra is not mine.

  10. deckard68 says:

    How many towels did it take to learn the table trick, though? Was colliding the towel with the table to make a fold part of the process from the start or did it learn it?

  11. Phikus says:

    That’s nothing. I hear Ben folds five!

  12. kasinator79 says:

    For some reason I found this very cute.

  13. Fred H says:

    Can we program it to gossip in cockney as well? I always wanted a Victorian-era scullery maid.

  14. Fred H says:

    Also, the video needs Yakkity-Sax.

  15. Anonymous says:

    He(?) does it quicker than me!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Now THAT is pretty impressive. Considering that my wife can’t fold towels.

    Although I bet it is pretty tedious to watch at real-time speed (it looks sped up.)

  17. pstarr says:

    love it, but it definitely needs yakity sax-ing.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Watching a robot do such a familiar task so painstakingly makes me realise how amazing human beings are.

  19. Anonymous says:

    April fools! I love how the drapes move in the back ground as if they were stop animated. Amazing technology, that robot. It must run on pneumatics.

  20. danwarning says:

    I guess that’s a good thing. It would give my wife more time making sandwiches and getting beer for me.

  21. rationalist says:

    Sudo fold me a towel.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Sorry! Still cannot distinguish between large boxer shorts and small towels.

    Useless! Useless!

  23. dculberson says:

    April Fools? Really?

    The video was posted March 17th.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I’m still not convinced that this is not just a bad stop motion video.

  25. tetron says:

    This is awesome.

    Definitely not April fools prank. The header notes it was presented at IRCA 2010 which is a major IEEE robotics conference. The title notes the video is spend up 50 (!) times so it is actually taking the better part an hour to do it — I wonder what the bottleneck to doing it faster is?

  26. Jack says:

    I guess this is the “Beyond” of “Bed, Bath & Beyond.”

  27. Anonymous says:

    If I bought my wife a folding robot, my wife would still complain that it wasn’t folding them CORRECTLY! (thirds first, then halfs)

    That’s why I let HER fold towels in our house.

  28. Anonymous says:

    April fools!
    Clue, it’s stop motion photo.
    Hilarious watching the robot decide how to fold it.

  29. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    Beautiful! :)

    It’s like an Aardman stopframe animation. The quizzical, house-proud robot :)

  30. Anonymous says:

    It is all good until you realize that he is planning on picking you up by the neck and folding your spleen in half.

  31. cymk says:

    I for one welcome our towel folding over lords. Even if it takes them 20 minutes to fold a single towel.

  32. Yamara says:

    Yes, the baby had on a clean diaper before I sent the laundry bot off to tidy the nursery. Why do you ask?

  33. dagfooyo says:

    Wow, robots doing household tasks! The future of the 1950s is finally coming true!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Sure they’re happy to fold towels now, but give them 50-60 years and they’ll want equal rights, voting privileges, birth control, pants, shoes, etc.

  35. Heartfruit says:

    Call me when it can do fitted sheets in less the 30 min and we might have a winner.

  36. Anne K. says:

    It’s probably a little sad how much I would probably pay for a robot to fold my laundry.

  37. Anonymous says:

    (insert obligatory skynet joke here)

  38. Anonymous says:

    I’m really tickled by the distinction of “previously unseen towels.”

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