HERB's fingertips have metallic nails that help it maintain a delicate hold on objects
HERB's head is equipped with cameras and other sensors which it uses to sense its environment
Point cloud data taken with depth sensing cameras gives HERB a detailed three-dimensional view of the table in front of it
HERB turns heads as it zooms through Carnegie Mellon University's hallways
HERB has to position its hand and fingers accurately to grasp and hold the Oreo cookie
HERB tries to separate the cookie from the creme by smearing it on a table – bad robot!
HERB tries unsuccessfully to separate the cookie from the creme with a skillet
HERB brandishes a knife in a futile attempt to separate cookie from creme
HERB's arms and hands are made by robotics vendor Barrett Technology, Inc.
The dream of an intelligent robot butler that can do the household chores may still be decades away, but a team of roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute is doing their part to make it a reality. HERB – the Home Exploring Robotic Butler – is one of dozens of robots to come out of CMU's Personal Robotics lab, and its latest trick is separating Oreo cookies in a response to Nabisco's Cookie vs. Creme challenge.
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