A new RFID tracking system from MIT could make robotics cheaper and easier

Business Insider | 2/21/2019 | Peter Newman
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Robotics could become cheaper and easier in the near future: A new object tracking system for robots from researchers at MIT enables these units to employ radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to orient themselves, according to Engadget.

Using this technique, companies could create robots that are better able to find and grasp objects near them, which can have major cost savings and create more efficient operations in manufacturing as well as logistics and warehouse management.

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The new, RFID-based technique could provide a cheap and effective alternative to the computer vision model currently in use. Most existing robotic systems use computer vision to track where moving objects are located at any given point.

This requires them to use capable — and thus expensive — cameras paired with powerful computer hardware that can interpret video data in real time, allowing the robot's AI to make decisions around the movement of its arms or graspers.

System - Cameras - RFID - Tags - Sensor

The new system does away with expensive cameras, using relatively cheap RFID tags to communicate with a sensor built into the robot, which then determines the location of the item affixed with that tag. In addition to being inexpensive, the system is also accurate and quick: According to the researchers, it has...
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