The Everyday Robots project came out of Alphabet’s X lab, Google’s parent company, to perform everyday tasks, such as cleaning tables and sorting waste.
More than a hundred prototype robots have started to roll out of Alphabet’s X lab, the parent company of Google, Hans Peter Brøndmo, Chief Robot Officer, announced in a blog post. Developed for several years, these machines resulting from the Everyday Robots project aim to assist human beings in their daily tasks.
Deployed on the Google campus, these robots are capable of learning on their own through a combination of machine learning techniques, without the need to create a bespoke environment or schedule each task to be performed. In the form of a mechanical arm mounted on a mobile platform, the robot is surrounded by cameras and sensors to move and interact with its environment independently.
The robot, which had already learned to sort waste, is able to clean cafeteria tables with a squeegee when it notices that no one is seated, or put chairs back in place.
The Everyday Robot, which is no longer considered a project by its development team, can learn complex tasks, such as opening a door, in a single day, whereas it could take up to four months of programming previously. explains the manager. One of the long-term goals is to produce robots able to support the elderly in their day-to-day life, in order to prolong their independence as long as possible.