Featured vision video: Robot makes pancakes, boils soup

As part of the 2013 Student Infrared Imaging Competition sponsored by DRS Technologies, students from the University of Texas, Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) used a PR2 robot from Willow Garage and an infrared camera from DRS Technologies to perform some basic functions in the kitchen.

As part of the 2013Student Infrared Imaging Competition sponsored by DRS Technologies, students from the University of Texas, Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) used a PR2 robot from Willow Garage and an infrared camera from DRS Technologies to perform some basic functions in the kitchen.

The camera used was a DRS TechnologiesTamarisk320, which has a 320 x 240 Vanadium Oxide microbolometer with a 17 µm pixel pitch and a maximum frame rate of 60 fps. It was used to help guide the robot to monitor the making of pancakes, decide when they are ready to be flipped, and remove the pancake from heat. It was also used to bring soup to a boil and decide when to remove from it as well as fetch the coldest can of soda from the refrigerator.

Check out the UTARI students’ project in action in this featured vision video:

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