Should construction workers be worried about the arrival of robots? Seeing this robot working plasterboard, we can not help but ask the question.
The HRP-5P robot from the Japanese company AIST is a humanoid, autonomous and wireless robot capable of grasping, placing and screwing plasterboards on a wall.
The HRP-5P is not very fast, but its accuracy is surprising. This is partly due to the fact that its designers decided not to cover his body with a shell. All its sensors are therefore exposed, which allows them to be more efficient.
This design choice also means that its total weight is reduced. It amounts to only 100 kilos (222 pounds), which is very little for a robot of this size.
Its weight comparable to that of a human offers another advantage: the HRP-5P consumes less energy than other robots of its kind to move. Thanks to this particularity, the AIST team was able to install a battery instead of being forced to keep it plugged into a power source.
When is a similar robot doing the dishes and mopping the floors?
Jocelyne Bennett is a general assignment reporter at Spruce Tribune. She has covered sports, entertainment and many other beats in her journalism career, and has lived in Hamilton for more than 6 years. Jocelyne has appeared periodically on national television shows and has been published in (among others) The National Post, Politico, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Wired.com, Vice and Salon.com.