Engineers taught the robot to repair themselves

Researchers taught the robot to perform a simple enclosure repair and modify their body.

Whatever durable robotics, it needs maintenance from time to time. Therefore, self-healing will become an important function, especially when robots become part of our daily life.

The team of scientists from Tokyo University demonstrated a Robot PR2, which they taught to tighten their own screwdriver. This skill also allows the robot to modify itself by adding new elements and accessories, such as hooks using which it can carry more things.

For this, engineers have downloaded automated design systems into the device, which accurately show the location of all its screws. Although PR2 still cannot independently determine which screw should be tightened, but it is able to identify inconsistencies between his appearance and the digital model, which tells him about the presence of a problem.

The robot can also autonomously periodically check the condition of all the screws and rely on a person pointing a finger to a specific element to be tightened. However, like people, most devices are limited in their movements and cannot comfortably reach some sections of their body, so in the future, they may need to ask for help from other robots.

The possibility of modeling and adding new elements also opens up huge prospects. In one of the demonstrations, PR2 independently installed the hook on his neck, so that the person could hang a bag on it.

Russian engineers also achieved success in teaching robots. They

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