A robot that can do the grunt work of a human could be one step closer to reality, thanks to a new study.
The robotic workhorse would be able to perform complex tasks with a human on-site, without having to travel anywhere near as far as a human.
A robotic assistant could also be used in other areas where humans and robots are not typically at odds, like disaster relief.
The workhorse robot, which is being developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is an improvement over the existing, less advanced humanoid robots.
MIT professor Peter S. Johnson has been working on the project for the past six years.
He and his team built the robot using a combination of software and 3D printing techniques, which they say is an early step towards human-machine collaboration.
It has the ability to perform basic tasks like picking up a tool, and it also has a suite of advanced tools to make it able to do more complicated tasks.
The robot would not be able yet to do things like pick up a fork, cut a pie, or pick up and put a piece of paper into a cup.
It is still far from being able to pull things like nuts from a nut sack, but it is working on that right now.
The researchers have already demonstrated how to operate the robot on its own, and they plan to do the same with a prototype that they will be using to train the robot for other tasks.
In order to actually build a working prototype, the researchers need to make a few minor changes to the robot’s design.
They will add an infrared sensor to the underside of the robot so that it can sense light, and this could be useful in emergency situations.
The team plans to also make the robot more durable.
Currently, the robot has only two motors, which makes it fragile to the touch.
Johnson said that he and his colleagues will be adding a third motor in the future, so that the robot can perform more complex tasks.
Johnson added that the research has been funded by DARPA, which also supports the development of robotics.
In the future when human-robot collaboration becomes more widespread, Johnson said he expects it will be even more important to use robotics to solve complex tasks than it is now.