Robotic Arm Uses Complex Reasoning to Find Hidden Objects

'FuseBot' is a new robotic system developed by MIT researchers that combines computer vision and RF signals to find hidden items with speed and precision.

“What this paper shows, for the first time, is that the mere presence of an RFID-tagged item in the environment makes it much easier for you to achieve other tasks in a more efficient manner. We were able to do this because we added multimodal reasoning to the system — FuseBot can reason about both vision and RF to understand a pile of items,” says Fadel Adib , associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.