Teaching a Robot Household Chores Is the Ultimate In Out-Of-The-Box Thinking
This handy tin can can sweep and vacuum around the house
The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition‘s (IHMC) Atlas is a humanoid robot, designed to help in disaster relief situations. In its downtime, it’s also practicing how to do human chores, like vacuuming and picking up bottles for the recycling bin.
The robot won second place at the DARPA Robotics challenge last year. Atlas is powerful, complex, expensive (at over a million dollars), and won’t become a common household addition any time soon. But watching Atlas perform domestic tasks is still pretty awesome.