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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Robots That Do Chores? Yes, Please!

Image Credit: Pollen Robotics

Hugging Face and Pollen Robotics have teamed up to bring us Reachy2, a humanoid robot that’s about to make your life a whole lot easier.


Imagine a robot that not only helps with chores but does it with the finesse of a seasoned butler. Intrigued? Let’s dive in!


Earlier this year, Hugging Face, the open-source AI powerhouse, hired Remi Cadene, a former Tesla robotics engineer, to spearhead their new robotics initiative, “Le Robot.” Fast forward to today, and Cadene has unveiled their first creation: Reachy2. This marvel is a collaboration with Pollen Robotics, a French company known for their open-source robots.


Reachy2 is no ordinary robot. It’s been trained to perform household tasks like placing cups on a dish rack and handing objects to people. How? Initially, a human tele-operated the robot using a VR headset, guiding it through various chores. Then, a machine learning algorithm studied 50 short videos of these sessions, learning to replicate the tasks autonomously. After extensive training, Reachy2 can now perform these chores on its own!


But here’s the kicker: Hugging Face and Pollen Robotics have open-sourced the dataset and model used to train Reachy2. This means you can download the data and train your own smaller robots at home. Talk about democratising technology!


 

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This open-source approach is set to shake up the robotics industry. While companies like Figure and Cobot are raising millions to develop proprietary solutions, Hugging Face is offering the “brains” of their robot for free. This could place significant pressure on rival providers and accelerate the adoption of useful robotics in everyday settings.


The collaboration between Hugging Face and Pollen Robotics was a natural fit. Both companies are based in France and share a commitment to open-source, ethical practices. Pollen Robotics, founded in 2013, has a rich history of developing accessible technologies, including their flagship product, Reachy 1.


Reachy2, with its advanced 7-DoF bio-inspired arms, is set to be a game-changer. It’s designed to interact seamlessly with people and manipulate objects with precision. And the best part? It’s coming soon!


So, get ready to welcome Reachy2 into your homes and offices. This is just the beginning of a robotic revolution that’s set to transform how we live and work. Stay tuned and keep an eye on this space!



 

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