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Sock-Folding Robot Invented at Cal



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    Say hello to the future: A giant cabinet-sized robot that will free you of the daily drudgery of painstakingly folding your socks.

    Two UC Berkeley researchers have been hard at work at what they call "sockification," a software program for robots. Thanks to their work, a specially-constructed machine is now able to look at a pile of socks, grasp one sock in a claw, match it with its mate and turn it right-side-out if necessary. It's a particularly daunting task for robots, which prefer to handle very rigid, predictable, inorganic shapes.

    This isn't their first folding robot. Last April, the team made headlines with a robot that could fold towels. The towel-folder does a strange little dance. First it grips the towels in its claws, then very slowly spins them until it can find a corner. Then it wheels the towels over a workbench and gingerly folds and stacks them.

    As if doing your housework for you isn't enough, these machines are also able to plug themselves into the wall to recharge.

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