MIT’s recycling sorting robot can ‘feel’ the difference between materials

TechCrunch | 4/11/2019 | Staff
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RoCycle is, naturally, short for “recycling robot,” the latest offering out of MIT’s CSAIL lab. The pick and place ‘bot utilizes a unique combination of sensors to help distinguish the material differences of objects, in order to sort them ahead of the recycling process.

Built on top of a Rethink Robotics Baxter, the system utilizes a teflon gripper with built in sensors that are capable of determining an object’s makeup based on size and stiffness. It’s not completely perfect just yet.

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The school notes that it’s got a pretty good 85 percent accuracy rate when attempting to identify stationary objects.

That number drops a good deal...
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