The TurboTrack system from MIT relies on RFID tags to help robots track objects with unprecedented precision.
The TurboTrack system, which could replace computer vision in some situations, works via the application of RFID tags on the selected objects. The tags provide a signal that allows the robot to locate the object, even if the item of out of the line of sight or lost in a fast-moving or cluttered environment. According to the team, the TurboTrack system can locate a tagged object within 7.5 milliseconds and with an error of range of under a centimeter.
The RFID tags are also inexpensive, and could be used in warehouses as well as on fleets of drones, augmenting and even stepping in when computer vision would fail.
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