There’s been a lot of news lately about the worker shortage in the construction industry. The manufacturing industry has used robots for decades, and it looks like the construction industry may starting using them as well.
The website Interesting Engineering has an article and video showing a robot installing drywall.
“Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has released a video that is bound to have all other robotic firms worrying. This slightly creepy yet super handy humanoid machine may just be the most helpful robot yet!
Called HRP-5P, this robot installs drywall completely autonomously and as well, maybe even better, than a human. This video clearly shows HRP-5P pick up a sheet of drywall, bring it over to a wall and then, last but most definitely not least, use a cordless screwdriver all alone to put it in place.
Before you panic about this agile robot taking over human jobs, it should be noted that HRP-5P is a bit slow and does struggle with properly using the screwdriver once. Still, it seems very close to actually getting a machine that could do the job perfectly without any human supervision.”