• MIT researchers have created a robotic system that can sort through clutter to find an item.
  • It uses a camera and radio frequency antenna to locate and retrive items.
  • Researchers see applications in fulfill orders in a warehouse or identifying and installing components in a factory.

A busy commuter is ready to walk out the door, only to realize they’ve misplaced their keys and must search through piles of stuff to find them. Rapidly sifting through clutter, they wish they could figure out which pile was hiding the keys.

Researchers at MIT have created a robotic system that can do just that. The system, RFusion, is a robotic arm with a camera and radio frequency (RF) antenna attached to its gripper. It fuses signals from the antenna with visual input from the camera to locate and retrieve an item, even if the item is buried under a pile and completely out of view.

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