Robot learns to tie knots using only two fingers on each hand

Robot

This robot can tie knots around a box

Kanata Suzuki et al., Waseda Uni

A robot powered by an artificial intelligence that has been trained to tie knots could enable simple machines to perform intricate tasks with electrical wires or cables.

Robot arms can solder microscopic components or construct an entire car from thousands of parts, but most struggle to deal with flexible items like a piece of string because they move in unpredictable ways.

Tetsuya Ogata at Waseda University in Japan and his colleagues have now taught a robot with a pair of general-purpose arms, each equipped with two …

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