Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley unveiled a robot that can fold clothes faster than any other automaton. The robot named SpeedFolding, can fold around 30-40 randomly positioned clothing per hour. It used a neural network called BiManual Manipulation Network to interpret input from machine vision.
The researchers detailed the robot's creation and capabilities in a paper submitted for presentation at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2022 next week in Kyoto, Japan.
"Folding garments reliably and efficiently is a long-standing challenge in robotic manipulation," the researchers wrote.