Image source: University of Maryland
The system enables the robot to process visual data from a series of YouTube cooking videos. The robot is then able to identify, pick up, and use the kitchen object to perform the task demonstrated in the videos. All of the robot's actions are with extreme accuracy and don't require extra human input.
Baxter, shown above, is the factory and assembly line brainchild of Rethink Robotics. Founded by iRobot co-founder Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics has made their Baxter robot one the simplest assembly robots available on the market. With minimal human input, Baxter is able to learn, memorize, and perform tasks.
In addition to learning what's shown in the YouTube videos, Baxter is able to store learned information and build upon it.
“This system allows robots to continuously build on previous learning—such as types of objects and grasps associated with them—which could have a huge impact on teaching and training."-Reza Ghanadan, program manager with DARPA’s Defense Sciences Offices
Ghanadan explains that this technology could allow for faster, less expensive robot programming. Robots could also share what they've learned to help automate the hassle that is robot programming.