Always On: Meet a robotic sushi waiter
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Always On: Meet a robotic sushi waiter

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Molly Wood visits Willow Garage in Silicon Valley and gets a first-hand look at a bot that is programmed to act as a personal sushi waiter.

This is may be one of my favorite robot demos ever it's a robotics sushi waiter. It's the creation of Silicon Valley start up willow garage they're dreaming -- how and why it will use robots in the future now. -- was so Smart it's really you know and and take my digital dexterity for granted. -- -- -- Create that future where -- from -- -- actually occurring but our goal was to get robots out of factories from behind the cages and factories where they can help people. People whether that having a bot to shoot pool -- one they can fetch you a beer from the fridge or have my personal favorite fold your laundry. What is it that makes this robot do amazing thing. Well it starts with how it sees the world. So this is about the PR two's head and then you see a lot of sensors there's high resolution video camera a couple of stereo pairs. This is actually -- protester that works with the stereo to give you better 3-D images. And then -- can act is actually doing something very similar it's got uses infrared to protect the texture in the world and then use that text here. To also get 3-D images. And while the PR twos are programmed to work autonomously they can also run -- game controller. This is amazing. I want. You'll like -- dances. -- President Turbo button. Everybody back up. Now as cool as the PR two robots are hardware is only half the story here. Willow garage is also developing an operating system that -- open -- -- the hardware and its underlying software can work together to form the future of robotics. -- -- -- -- It's open source and so we've had about a 160. Interns this scholars from around the world come here for three to six months. And then have gone back home and they kind of take that software with them. So they can program the robot to do things like clear table -- -- a set of clean dishes and then yes. Even attempt to serve me sushi. I think it'd take about insulin like yes I did yes I did I did that. -- so what's preventing us from having a robot in every home. Probably the price tag is a pretty big factor. How much that I -- vs 400000 dollars so it's expensive. Then of course there's the constant fear the robots will take over human kind but willow promised me otherwise. This robot is not gonna take over the world view drop -- to -- -- front of -- it's done for. He doesn't like to hear have been very insert and reassured that my -- was now -- -- -- sushi what happened to. You can kinda see why they palace restaurant yesterday's issue because 35 minutes later so I have -- all my toxic -- -- slightly wilted food. But I can definitely imagine -- not too distant future where robots our servers and much more. Apple and look forward to it.

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