Snackbot, A Robot to Serve Snacks

22 04 2012

Paul Rybski from Carnegie Mellon University, with the team of his students has succeeded to design a robot with laser navigation system, sonar sensor and stereo camera eyes named Snackbot. This awesome and marvelous machine is a robot that serves snacks.

CMU team has specially designed this robot for their university where it is working. Students don’t have to go away to get a snack. It is like a vending machine that works on wheels but actually more than that. The main purpose of this robot is to serve the research platform that is formatted to study the long-term interaction of human and robots. It also serves to be more helpful to the human. CMU team completed this project in two years of working and research with cost of $20,000.

Initially Snackbot accepts orders form a website or IM service which is programmed in it. Snackbot was seen by New York Times delivering snack, they reported the robot saying “Hello, I am the Snackbot, I have come to deliver snacks to Ian. Is Ian here?”

Snackbot is designed to work in institutes, offices and same kind of areas to function. It will assist for research of robust autonomous operations. The highlights of this research include to analyzing if the robot navigates through the congested areas, recognize and detect people and learn to recognize the objects autonomously. It’s an amazing and marvelous invention that can be used in several different purposes. I hope CMU team will soon define those purpose for their Snackbot.

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