RoDyMan

RoDyMan

Have you ever thought about the complexity of making pizzas? Stretching the dough, tossing, seasoning, baking with dynamic turning. It is a real art. A robot – named RoDyMan – will soon have the required dexterity to reproduce this gastronomic choreography. This original and challenging idea was born in the mind of a leading scientist in robotics, Prof. Bruno Siciliano, and is funded by the European Research Council (ERC)

RoDyMan – the acronym for Robotic Dynamic Manipulation – is a service robot that will be able to mimic complex human tasks with a level of dexterity and mobility never seen before. “The manipulation of non-rigid, deformable objects – food or clothes in our daily lives, soft tissues such as muscles and skin in medical operations – has not been much investigated so far and offers an important challenge to the robotics community”.

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RoDyMan will be composed of a torso, two lightweight arms and multi-fingered hands. It will not have legs but it will be rather mounted onto an omni-directional platform with wheels. Its head will be equipped with a stereo camera system and a structured lighting set up. It will have proximity and range sensors, as well as tactile sensors.

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In the next five years, RoDyMan’s challenge is to make pizzas. The degustation is planned in 2017.

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