Autonomous Robot Will Iron Your Clothes

Columbia University researchers have created a robotic system that detects wrinkles and then irons the piece of cloth autonomously.

Their paper highlights the ironing process is the final step needed in their “pipeline” of a robot picking up a wrinkled shirt, then laying it on the table and lastly, folding the shirt with robotic arms.

Autonomous Ironing Robot

A GeForce GTX 770 GPU was used for their “wrinkle analysis algorithm” which analyzes the cloth’s surface using two surface scan techniques: a curvature scan that uses a Kinect depth sensor to estimate the height deviation of the cloth surface, and a discontinuity scan that uses a Kinect RGB camera to detect wrinkles.

Their solution was a success – check out their video below.

Read the research paper >>