The one-armed wonder named El-E (pronounced â€œEllieâ€) 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.
â€œThe 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,â€ another professor explained. â€œPeople in artificial intelligence have been working on this problem for a long time.â€