The robots can be really useful in the world of construction but they are a bit limited when they have to get out of your instructions and orders. It is not that they are especially skilled in unpredictable environments and only able to work with moldable materials still robot is a fictional character.
In collaboration with the Harvard University and SUNY at Buffalo, have created a robot with the ability to make decisions in unpredictable environments and improvise with elements that have on hand. The objective of this project is to build robots capable of performing actions beyond the program used to guide normally. At the moment, they have managed to create two small robots very “crafty”.
Small but skilled
This pair of robots distributed work and while one is in charge is responsible for depositing sealing foam to fill holes, the other is able to catch and drag sandbags for forms structures. What makes it different from these robots is that they are both able to work with moldable materials and have unpredictable behavior.
Foam, for example, can several what it takes to move to solid state while the shape and the distribution of a sandbag can vary greatly depending on how it is seized. Two examples of circumstances that would be difficult to tackle, at least for most of them to a conventional robot.
What makes these different robots? Both include an infrared sensor that allows them to scan and have an estimate of the environment while looking for material with which you can build. Scanning is complete so it discusses everything that this sensor is able to trace its scan.
Later, an algorithm that works in loop handles catch material and once that task, returns to scan the environment to verify the changes that have taken place and continue collecting components. At the moment it is capable of doing simple tasks like making ramps or joining two points.
It is able to work in a team with other robots and can climb certain surfaces. According to its creators, the design of the device is very flexible and can be adapted to all kinds of situations. At the moment has been made tests with a very small and modest robot manufacturing but also of this structure can be adapted to make it operational with other parts.
At the moment its utility is small and what we see is more a demonstration of what is capable and not so much a robot intended to introduce in real environments. It will be interesting to see where it evolves because sympathetic gif that you have in the article gives us some clues on what might be done in the future. Boston Dynamics should perhaps take a look.