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The El-E Robot

By: Ben Preiss - Published: Mar 16, 2008 • References: newsoxy and nytimes
The one-armed wonder named El-E (pronounced “Ellie”) because in operation it reminds you of an elephant's trunk, can retrieve objects that have been pointed to with a laser pointer. Developed at the department of biomedical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, El-E's skill can be especially helpful for people with severely restricted mobility.

The EI-E was created by Charlie Kemp, an assistant professor and roboticist in the department of biomedical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“The pointer gives the robot just enough context and guidance to solve the really hard problem of figuring out which object among many lying around in a room to pick up,” another professor explained. “People in artificial intelligence have been working on this problem for a long time.”