Scooping 'offensive products'

IEEE's Automaton blog has a great article on one of the more entertaining demonstrations at the PR2 Workshop at IROS: P.O.O.P. S.C.O.O.P. (Perception Of Offensive Products and Sensorized Control Of Object Pickup). Ben Cohen, Daniel Benamy, Anthony Cowley, Will McMahan, and Joe Romano, all from the GRASP Lab at Penn, outfitted PR2 with a pooper scooper and developed perception, navigation, and manipulation software to reliably detect and cleanup artificial pet messes. The software was able to achieve a reliability rate of 95% and was able to perform a live demonstration for the workshop audience.

IEEE Spectrum has more on this, and you can download the workshop paper here. More information will be posted on the ROS wiki soon.