China Picks Up a Top "Manipulation" Prize at RoboCup 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 00:41

The WrightEagle team from the University of Science and Technology of China, “Kejia” took on all comers over the weekend to be named “Best in Manipulation” at this year’s RoboCup in Nagoya, Japan.

According to a statement posted on the university’s website, Kejia outperformed its rivals in a series of tasks designed to test manual dexterity which included picking up and putting down random objects, such as an orange, computer mouse, shampoo bottle and milk carton, therefore, the machines had to demonstrate their navigation skills, the organizers said.

This meant that Kejia had to be aware of its start position, calculate a route to the table on which the objects to be picked up were placed, and interact with “unpredictable elements” along the way. According to its developers, Kejia’s success can be attributed to two key factors: its advanced manual dexterity and rapid processing speed.

The machine is “better than any other mechanical hand in existence today,” they said, adding that while other robots spent a large amount of time scanning subjects for “comprehensible data on shape and size to guide the gripping action”, Kejia was able to “reach out after its first glance”.

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