IkeaBot is a project constructed at Control Robotics Intelligence( CRI) group at NTU in Singapore. The team began by teaching robots to insert pins and manipulate IKEA proportions, then, slowly, they began to figure out how to pit the robots against the furniture. The outcomes, if you’ve ever opposed with person trying to put together a Billy, are heartening.
From Spectrum 😛 TAGEND
The assembly process from CRI is not quite that autonomous;” although all the steps were automatically planned and controlled, their sequence was hard-coded through a considerable engineering attempt .” The researchers mention that they can ” envisage such a sequence being automatically determined from the assembly manual, through natural-language interaction with a human supervisor or, ultimately, from an image of the chair ,” although we feel like they should have a chat with Ross Knepper, whose IkeaBot seemed to do just fine without any of that stuff.
In other words the robots are semi-autonomous but never get disappointed and can use basic heuristics to figure out next steps. The robots can now basically assemble chairs in about 20 minutes, a accomplishment that I doubt many of us can imitate. You can watch the finished dance here, in all its robotic glory.
The best part? Even robots get frustrated and fling components around 😛 TAGEND
I, for one, welcome our IKEA chair manufacturing robotic overlords.
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