The robot was first taught to distinguish between an object and its reflection

Toyota’s R&D engineers have taught robots to recognize and respond to transparent and mirrored surfaces in a variety of circumstances, which is confusing for most cars.

Toyota shared new advances in the field of robotics, they were collected in a video: on it, the robot takes a selfie and shoots its reflection in the mirror.

The company notes that the global goal of their work is not to replace human abilities, but to expand opportunities. According to the institute, teaching robots to do housework is not a trivial task, since all houses are individually furnished, so machines that work according to the algorithm often find it difficult to complete the task.

In order to solve the problem of identifying an object and its reflection, the company’s engineers have developed a new teaching method that allows robots to perceive the three-dimensional geometry of a scene, as well as detect objects and surfaces. This approach also eliminates the need for time consuming, costly, or impractical data collection and labeling.

Another unusual robot skill: filming yourself with a camera. These records can potentially be used to train algorithms.

The robot captured on video consists of a body, which in turn is assembled from several segments that can bend and unbend relative to each other. At its end are two arms and a head with two cameras.

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