Scientists build robot that assembles Ikea chair

Scientists build robot that assembles Ikea chair

The team coded algorithms using three different open-source libraries to help the robot complete its job of putting together the IKEA chair. They are the Singapore scientists who have made the imagination altered into the reality by building the impressive robot.

Exhausted of putting Ikea chairs together? The robot has the ability to plan its "error free" movements and pick furniture pieces using algorithms created by the scientists.

The actual assembly phase took 8 minutes and 55 seconds.

The robot had to identify and locate each piece in its area, plan its motions and avoid collisions, and decide how much force was required when attaching the workpieces.

All its components are easily available.

Sifting through pages of instructions and a jumble of screws and bolts to build the low-priced Swedish furniture may soon be a thing of the past given advances in technology, say researchers at the city-state's Nanyang Technological University (NTU). They said the human-quality of robotic hands enables it to perform complex tasks. The next stage will be expanding the machines' intelligence to be able to assemble a chair just by looking at a photograph of the final product, Wired reported. Some of the same things humans struggle with, like fiddling with bags of screws, dowels, and doodads while trying to distinguish the slight variations in shape, are also hard for robots. "On top of these skills, you have to be able to manage their complex interactions between the robot and the environment", he explained.

And we do mean on its own, there was no human intervention or helping the robot understand the instructions.

The researchers are also working with companies to apply this form of robotic manipulation to do glass bonding that could be useful in the automotive industry and drilling holes in metal components for the aircraft manufacturing industry.

The research which took three years was supported by grants from the Ministry of Education, NTU's innovation and enterprise arm NTUitive, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology.



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