College Students Develop A Shoe-Tying Robot

August 15, 2018

This is a video demonstration of the shoe tying robot developed by University Of California Davis Andrew Choi, Gabriela Gomes, Jacklyn Tran, Stephanie Thai and Joel Humes with a budget of $600 and two electric motors. The result, which ties laces bunny-ear style, is surprisingly impressive. Tying shoes -- it's not an easy task, and can take years for even a human to perfect. You have to make these loops, then cross over one loop with the other and *throwing shoe* GAAAH, why can't my parents just buy me the Velcro sneakers I asked for?! "The other kids will make fun of you, dear." They already do, mom, especially when I've already shown up for school four times this week only wearing socks. "But it's only Wednesday." I forgot my Lunchable on Tuesday and had to go back!

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Charlotte, who agrees the key to tying your shoes is getting your mom to do it for you once and then just slipping in and out of them.

  • shashi
  • biggs33

    How quickly will it now learn to tie a noose for the necks of its human oppressors?

  • Fartbutt

    600 dollars to tie a shoe? You could have bought so many corndogs...

  • Bling Nye

    It's not like the machine caught fire and exploded after one shoe. Unless it did, I might actually watch the video then. But yeah....

  • The_Wretched

    0/10. There's a lack of tension in the lacing. It'll untie during normal wear and feel uncomfortable.

  • GeneralDisorder

    This is good but I'd prefer a large-breasted maid to kneel down before me and tie my shoes.

    I'd also accept a small breasted maid. Or just some mom whose kids are out of the house and has nothing do (and doesn't mind kneeling if you know what I mean... I also have some gardening I don't want to do)

  • How about a red head to repeatedly slap you until you tie your own damn shoes?

  • GeneralDisorder

    The slapping and red head sound good but it doesn't solve the nonexistent problem that doesn't need solving.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    Even parenting isn't safe from automation!

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I would be more inclined to have kids if the parenting part was automated... that's just ol' grumpy me though.

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