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MIT’s Wearable Robot “Zipperboat” can zip your clothes

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Don’t worry if you have overeaten at dinner tonight. Traditionally you
would have to undo the zip manually, but Zipperbot will do the job for
you and make sure you have enough room for that last doughnut.

Zipperbot is an invention by Adam Whiton of MIT’s Personal Robots Group.
His project’s name is Sartorial Robots. Sartorial Robotics is a method
of merging fashion theory and robotics through the design and
development of robotic systems. 
This will enhance the social aspects of
human-robotic interaction. When you think of robotics, you suddenly
think of a robot that can walk and talk, however, sometimes you just
need a simple life hack. The tiny bot might not be repairing modules in
space, but it will make your like easier for sure.
Mr Whiton said, “Zipperbot, a robotic continuous closure for fabric edge
joining, was developed to explore autonomous control of a sartorial
gesture and performed as a wearable robot which was evaluated through
social interactions. Clothing is a uniquely human pursuit and is nearly
universal in its adoption and use.”
He  also said, “It plays a prominent role in our
individual cultures transmitting a mixture of social signals and
meanings through the semiotics of fashion. Merging robotics and fashion
within the practice of Sartorial Robotics will enhance the explorations
of identities for both humans and robots.”

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Zipperbot uses optical sensors to properly mesh the zipper teeth and
motion sensors to open and close at the right time. For Whiton, fashion
is more than just about looking good, it may be the key to robot-human
interaction. “As robots become more and more sophisticated and work
closely with people, robots will need to understand social signalling
which of course includes understanding fashion and sartorial cues,” says
Whiton.
There are some very useful applications for this device. Zipperbot could
start a trend in “assistive clothing” and help people with
disabilities. Many people suffer from muscle diseases, autism,
arthritis, or injured limbs. The act of putting on clothing every day
could be greatly simplified. What do you think about this revolutionary
invention? Share your comments below:

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