O robô com sensores nos dedos que separa lixo reciclável
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O robô com sensores nos dedos que separa lixo reciclável

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Robot recycling

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Need-to-know language

puncture-resistant – strong enough to prevent holes appearing

sensors – pieces of equipment that react to changes in heat or light

simulated – created as a model to test something

algorithms – mathematical rules used by a computer to calculate something

automation – operation using machines not humans

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What percentage of stationary items could the robot identify?

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This robot can automatically sort recyclable rubbish. The RoCycle system by MIT has a soft, puncture-resistant hand. Pressure sensors on its fingertips detect an object’s size and material. It then autonomously places the item in the appropriate recycle bin.

Professor Daniela Rus, Director, MIT CSAIL

With computer vision alone, the systems are not able to separate paper from plastic. Many paper and plastic cups look the same, but by introducing the ability to squeeze the object and to know whether it’s flexible or not – we are able to go one step beyond what today’s methods can do.

The goal of the system is to reduce the back-end cost of recycling. It currently has 85 percent accuracy in identifying stationary items, but only 63 percent accuracy on a simulated conveyer belt.

A common error was identifying paper-covered tins as paper. But how are researchers looking to improve the system?

Professor Daniela Rus, Director, MIT CSAIL

We plan to create a much more detailed sensorised skin. We plan to develop the hand at different sizes and we plan to improve our algorithms for recognition. We’re very excited to see the use of robot automation in solving a problem that matters globally.

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What percentage of stationary items could the robot identify?

The robot currently has 85 percent accuracy in identifying stationary items.