Monday, December 6, 2010

Robots everywhere...

Despite Jeffery McGrew's conspicuous absence from the AU scene this year (I didn't see him, did anyone else?), robots were everywhere!

There were some great things at the Design Computation Symposium covering both a metal bending robot for complex metal panel designs with curved folds and a "generic" robot arm used for a variety of construction tasks like laying bricks. This was some super cool stuff to see in action and imagine out on our jobsites.

Before you say "whatever, that's so in the future" check out this real world example:
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-10/27/brick-laying-robot-sculpts-infinite-loop-without-mortar.aspx

Or, these videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jgpgyxM54U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RNQvIBk9zw&feature=rec-LGOUT-real_rn-1r-1-HM

Can you imagine having an argument with one of these out on a jobsite???

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