Fear Of A Bot Job Site

If you think automation in design has come a long way, check out what’s been going on with on-site construction robotics.

Project Birdhouse (video below) is one of the first attempts to create a more versitle robot that can assemble objects with minimal intervention. In this example, the robot builds a birdhouse with randomly arranged  parts which must be selected, identified, oriented and assembled with an off the shelf nail gun.

The fit and finish may not impress but if you liken this to a child’s first attempt at building the result is similar while the process is very impressive. According to the lead developers, you can feed new birdhouse designs and parts to the robot and it will immediately update and adapt.

Next up is SAM (for Semi-Automated Masonry) a brick laying robot that works along side the mason. As the robot selects, applies specialized cement and lays the brick, the mason follows along to tool the joints and inspect. With this method, the founders claim the robot can lay upwards of 3000 bricks per day.

What both these examples seem to indicate is when it starts to make business sense, the factory is going to be coming to the job site and work along side their squishy counterparts. And those robots don’t ask for days off.

Except for Robanukah.

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