ExtremeTech reports on robots out of a University of Pennsylvania lab that can assemble simple structures with little direction.
A robotics team from the University of Pennsylvania has developed fully autonomous quadcopter drones that have the ability to build simple structures out of magnetic parts. The robots have the ability to work in “swarms” without interfering with each other, and have the intelligence to know when a part is placed correctly and locked into place. The team has developed an algorithm that in their words is “limited only by the battery life of the quadcopters and the number of parts available.” As a result of work like this, architecture and construction may become something that is solely done through a computer terminal. Plan the building, plot the robotic courses then hit the start button and watch your vision become reality.
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