PR2, the Poop-Scooping Robot

The project POOP SCOOP  (Perception Of Offensive Products and Sensorized Control Of Object Pickup) focuses on teaching a PR2 robot to identify potentially offensive objects to handle accordingly. Researchers at the GRASP lab at  the University of Pennsylvania programmed their PR2 to recognize and pick up all POOPs ( (Potentially Offensive Objects for Pickup) in an area.  The robot can also detect whether or not it has successfully accomplished the mission or not, that is dropping the poop in a bucket. 

via Popular Science

A dozen successful scoops later…