Recognition and 6 degree of freedom pose of an Odwalla juice bottle found in clutter
The PR2 robot fitted with a Kinect sensor
"Robot's eye view" showing how some common household objects appear through the vision system being used in the Perception Challenge - although the objects are fuzzy because the cameras have limited resolution, the images do provide information on depth (Image: Willow Garage)
The 35 known objects that must be identified
Despite all the breakthroughs in the world of robotics, we still seem to be some way off the kind of advanced robots that can autonomously carry out a variety of tasks in unstructured and cluttered environments. One of the key bottlenecks holding back the development of such next-generation robots is how robots perceive the data gathered from their various sensors. Willow Garage, the Californian robotics company behind the PR2 open platform robot, has teamed up with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to launch an international “perception challenge” with the goal of encouraging improvements to sensing and perception technologies for next-generation robots.
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