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Robot Roommates Prepare and Serve a German Sausage Breakfast


Our favorite robot is learning to shop for, prepare and serve entire meals — from cookies to a round of beers and now, breakfast. In this latest robot-cook experiment, PR2 gets some help from a German ‘bot named Rosie, and the pair serves up a traditional Bavarian sausage breakfast.

Researchers at Technical University Munich built a kitchen for Rosie and their PR2, nicknamed James, and the two previously learned how to make pancakes. The goal is to test how well the robots’ perception and control mechanisms can be generalized, because they share the same operating system and visual-detection systems via the Xbox Kinect.

In the first part of the video, James goes grocery shopping in a lab set up by the CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems) research cluster. He brings the ingredients to Rosie, who is already boiling the Weisswurst, waiting for the sausages to cook before taking them out of the water and placing them in bowls. Then the PR2 slices bread and serves breakfast to a group of robotics engineers. Mysteriously, the meal lacks a glass of hefeweizen, a gross oversight given the PR2's known beer-grabbing abilities.

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