We are slowly introducing a number of robots in our lives that help us with daily tasks, help us sleep or learn or even bring us room service and it looks like soon, the robots will help us build our homes as well.
The HRP-5P robot comes from the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute in Japan and it’s a humanoid-looking robot that can perform various construction tasks that also include installing drywall.
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In the demo video above, the HRP-5P, the robot, which uses environmental measurements, object detection and motion planning, uses hooks to grab a wallboard and slide it on the floor, then subsequently drills it in its intended place. It’s not fast, true, but it does get the job done.
It’s not a light robot my any means either – it weighs in at 222 pounds, but that is still an acceptable enough weight for it to be able to navigate and work in the same environments humans can, without any additional accommodations required.
The robot was built to hopefully supply the labor shortages in the construction industry in Japan.
The institute aims to replace the hard labor in building sites for houses, aircrafts and ships with autonomous robots, in the near future.