The story behind the world's first robot zipper


A robotics zipper that can zip itself up is doubtlessly cool, but it’s also only the beginning.

Presented earlier this month as part of an aptly-named Sartorial Robotics Thesis, Zipperbot sits along a continuum of human/robotic interaction. Its creator, Adam Whiton, told me via email, “Fashion is a form of play with our identities and it will be important for robots/machines to have an understanding of that.”

Whiton, who just received his Ph.D from MIT’s Personal Robots group, is so convinced in the future of sartorial robotics that he founded a company (Betazip LLC) dedicated to the area. Its first product is, naturally, Zipperbot. Read more…

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