Global robot sales have doubled over the past five years, but the bots deployed in factories and warehouses today are pretty much the same as the ones we had decades ago. They’re powerful and precise but expensive to buy and dangerous for humans to work alongside.

Blue, a new robot from UC Berkeley, aims to break that mold with the help of AI.

Blue looks a little bit like a child’s drawing of a robot: it’s made from bulky, 3D-printed parts, and it has a pair of humanoid robot arms with pincers for hands. It can be controlled using VR handsets, which let operators wave their arms about and then Blue will wave its arms in tandem. It can also be trained to manipulate objects using artificial intelligence, a control method that’s still…

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