YES! PR2 Very Close to Completing Laundry Cycle
PR2 is famous for (among many other things) folding laundry. Specifically, UC Berkeley’s PR2 demonstrated back in 2010 that it could take a pile of towels fresh out of the dryer and neatly fold and stack them. This took something like 20 minutes per towel, but the important thing was that it was completely autonomous: as a human, you could leave the robot by itself with a jumble of towels and washcloths, and then come back a few hours later and everything would be taken care of.
Since 2010, we’ve seen a few more isolated examples of PR2s folding things, but what we’ve been waiting for is a demonstration of a complete laundry cycle. And it looks like we’re now almost, almost there.