Robots can now find hidden objects without the use of typical sight. These robots use radio frequencies to sense different items, even through walls.
The RF-Grasp robot uses radio frequency identification and a camera to remove obstacles and find tagged items even if the object is out of sight. It grabs items with a robotic arm with less movement than more robots. RF-Grasp steadily receives RF tracking data and images from the control algorithms to make the proper steps in the search.
"It's not just eye-hand coordination. It's RF-eye-hand coordination. So, the problem gets very complicated. The sequence is akin to hearing a siren from behind, then turning to look and get a clearer picture of the siren's source," says lead author Tara Boroushaki, a research assistant at MIT Media Lab.
RF-Grasp technology opens up endless possibilities for robotics and automation to take operations to a whole new level across industries.