The machine, dubbed RoboRaise, monitored the bicep and arm level changes made by its human counterpart performing the Bottle Cap Challenge.
It then analyzed their discreet action and mimicked the exact same motion to unscrew a cap and perform the challenge.
To note, the team had even modified the hand of the bot to add a soft, flexible gripper for de-capping.
However, RoboRaise is not just about performing this challenge
Though RoboRaise nailed the challenge successfully, its capabilities can be leveraged for much more than viral internet trends.
Specifically, its ability to mimic gestures and muscle movements could be used to handle or pick up large or weirdly shaped objects in warehouses.
In fact, the MIT team says it is already being employed for lifting and assembling mock airplane components.
Engineers plan to make the bot more flexible
The researchers are now working to make the bot capable enough to detect and perform more muscle movements. This would increase its degree of freedom and ensure that it's able to handle more complex tasks.