S.Korean scientists develop walking robot maid

January 18, 2010
Mahru-Z (R), a robot developed by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology picks up a sandwich in Seoul. South Korean scientists have developed a walking robot maid which can clean a home, dump clothes in a washing machine and even heat food in a microwave. The institute took two years to develop Mahru-Z.

South Korean scientists have developed a walking robot maid which can clean a home, dump clothes in a washing machine and even heat food in a microwave.

Mahru-Z has a human-like body including a rotating head, arms, legs and six fingers plus three-dimensional vision to recognise chores that need to be tackled, media reports said Monday.

"The most distinctive strength of Mahru-Z is its visual ability to observe objects, recognise the tasks needed to be completed, and execute them," You Bum-Jae, head of the cognitive robot centre at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, told the Korea Times.

"It recognises people, can turn on microwave ovens, washing machines and toasters, and also pick up sandwiches, cups and whatever else it senses as objects."

The institute took two years to develop Mahru-Z, which is 1.3 metres (4.3 feet) tall and weighs 55 kilograms (121 pounds).

It could also work with an earlier maid robot called Marhu-M which moves on wheels, since both can be remotely controlled through a .

You claimed Mahru-Z as the most advanced robot in terms of mimicking human movements.

Apart from tackling chores, researchers say it could also be used in conditions too difficult or dangerous for humans. But for commercial use is some way away.

The science institute spends about about four billion won (3.5 million dollars) every year on research. It began receiving state funds for the project in 2006.

Explore further: Korea to sell programmable robot

Related Stories

Korea to sell programmable robot

August 21, 2006

South Korean scientists say they plan to begin marketing an advanced robot that can be programmed by personal computers.

Care-O-bot 3: Always at your service

July 1, 2008

Who doesn’t long for household help at times? Service robots will soon be able to relieve us of heavy, dirty, monotonous or irksome tasks. Research scientists have now presented a new generation of household robots, the ...

Recommended for you

Samsung to disable Note 7 phones in recall effort

December 9, 2016

Samsung announced Friday it would disable its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US market to force remaining owners to stop using the devices, which were recalled for safety reasons.

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

December 7, 2016

Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a Sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer on Wednesday unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere.

Solar panels repay their energy 'debt': study

December 6, 2016

The climate-friendly electricity generated by solar panels in the past 40 years has all but cancelled out the polluting energy used to produce them, a study said Tuesday.

7 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

larcencielle
5 / 5 (2) Jan 18, 2010
Good to hear that we're making strides in robot industries
baudrunner
3 / 5 (1) Jan 18, 2010
Whenever I read articles about domestic robots I can't help but think that the main obstacle to seeing mass-produced maid/servant/slave robots that could almost pass the Turin test both in action and appearance is the subtle influence of social mores and standards. I mean, isn't the first thing that comes to mind a "real love doll" that can be user programmed to cook, do the housework and still provide companionship of a kind determined by the whims of its master? Is that or is that not a potentially offensive possibility? Should the manufacturers actually care what people do with their robots, and if so would it be ethical to censor a robot's potential? Lots of fodder for the mill here.

RayCherry
1 / 5 (1) Jan 18, 2010
Just wait 'til robots demand the vote. She looks like Rosie from The Jetsons.
truth1000
5 / 5 (1) Jan 19, 2010
censor a robots potential...lol
I dont think so...Larry Flint meets nanotech android...equals the ultimate internet porn experience and she'll do the dishes and mop the floor when its over....I don't see very many limits in the long run...other then the limits of the human imagination!
Buyck
5 / 5 (1) Jan 24, 2010
Household robots are coming very close now. Its only a couple of years from now and can go buy some one in the market. Lets say by 2020-2025. The progress in the robotic industrie and science is very hard these days.
droid001
1 / 5 (1) Jan 31, 2010
Do we really need $100k humanoid robots that pick up sandwiches ? I do not see any practical applications for that.
mpeppermint23
Mar 03, 2010
This comment has been removed by a moderator.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.