This robot could beat you at Jenga

(CNN)Robots are an increasingly common feature of everyday life, whether they are cleaning your house or stacking shelves at the grocery store. The MIT machine, however, is perfectly equipped for the task. With a soft-pronged gripper, external camera and force-sensing wrist cuff, the robot can both see and feel individual blocks in a Jenga tower, according to an MIT statement. It “learns” whether to remove a specific block in real-time using visual and tactile feedback, in much the same way as a human player would switch blocks if the tower started to wobble. Full details of the research were published January 30 in the journal Science Robotics. For Alberto Rodriguez, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at MIT, …