Agile Robotics Forklift Demo at Fort Lee (June 2010)
On June 15 and 16, 2010, the MIT Agile Robotics team demonstrated three robots at a busy SSA (Supply Support Activity, essentially an outdoor warehouse and supply depot) at Fort Lee in Virginia: a robot forklift; a robot rover; and a two-armed robot porter. The robot forklift demonstration included: understanding and execution of verbal commands; interpretation of tablet gestures and speech; seamless handoff of control from autonomous to manned and back again; interpretation of a narrated guided tour of palletized supplies; use of visual memory to find and fetch specific pallets; detection of spoken or shouted "Stop" commands; autonomous approach, lifting, transport and placement of palletized supplies; and spoken confirmation of commands. The robot rover demonst