Mahru-Z – South Korean Made Robot Maid (Picture and Videos)

The 1.3-meter domestic robot, Mahru-Z, is the most advanced maid robot in terms of autonomy and mimicking human movement, according to its KIST creators

Korea Times reports – Korean scientists have created a domestic robot that cleans up, dumps clothes in the washing machine and even heats food in the microwave.

The 1.3-meter, 55-kilogram “Mahru-Z,” an “assistant” robot developed by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), has a human-like body with a rotating head, arms and legs, and is capable of “seeing” three dimensional objects and recognizing jobs that need to be done.

The robot, using its moving hands, elbows and six fingers, can pick up a dirty shirt, throw it into a washing machine and push the buttons to get the laundry done, KIST engineers said.

Mahru-Z could also work in tandem with its fellow maid robot, Marhu-M, an earlier KIST creation that moves on wheels, as both machines can be remote controlled through a computer server.

“The most distinctive strength of Mahru-Z is its visual ability to observe objects, recognize the tasks needed to be completed, and execute them. It recognizes people, can turn on microwave ovens, washing machines and toasters, and also pick up sandwiches, cups and whatever else its senses as objects,” said You Bum-jae, who heads the cognitive robot center at KIST.

“Another strength of Mahru-Z is that it is autonomous, as it can navigate rooms unattended using its visual sensors, and pick things up on the way.”

Although similar machines have been created elsewhere, with many of the efforts coming from Japan, You claims Mahru-Z is the most advanced domestic robot yet in terms of mimicking human movement.

Aside from household chores, Mahru-Z can also be used in conditions too difficult or dangerous for humans.

The research on “cognitive humanoid” robots, designed to assist humans in a different number of jobs with an enhanced level of autonomy, is one of the key projects of KIST, which spends around 4 billion won (about $3.5 million) per year on such projects, You said.

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