Researchers at MIT CSAIL decided to make life easier for people with with limited mobility, as they found a way to wear their clothes easily and effortlessly.
They have developed a robot that can help people get dressed. Certainly, when a person helps someone else to put on a piece of clothing, he knows how to hold it and how to make adjustments so that it can be worn appropriately. In the past, several problems had arisen, as robots stopped any kind of action when they they ran into a hurdle.
To solve this problem, one of the researchers on the team, Shen Li, developed an algorithm to redefine robot motion safety by allowing what they call “safe impacts”. According to Li, “Developing algorithms to prevent physical harm without unnecessarily impacting the task efficiency is a critical challenge. By allowing robots to make non-harmful impact with humans, our method can find efficient robot trajectories to dress the human with a safety guarantee.”