A team of researchers from Japan have developed a new robot which has the ability to hang plaster. Despite the news, professionals in the field such as plasterer in Sydney are not worried about the robot taking their jobs as it covers a different scope. The development of the robot plasterer came as after an announcement from Honda last June that they are shutting down the Asimo humanoid project they were developing.
It was then that the researchers at Advanced Industrial Science and Technology or AIST decided to pick up where they left off and launched their own robotics creation, HRP-5P.
This is not the first robot designed for the construction industry. The first robot is a bricklayer called Hadrian X. It can lay a maximum of 1,000 bricks per hour on a single structure. There is also a robot called AutoSaw that can cut the timber to be used on the wall and then carry it where it is needed.
This new innovation, the HRP-5P, is intended to help in tasks involving the interior surfaces. AIST was quite straightforward with its intention upon designing the robot. HRP-5P, according to them, was designed to eliminate the need for human intervention. The work can be done autonomously and it removes human from dangerous work settings.
The plasterer robot weighs 101 kilograms and stands at 182 centimetres. It has the capacity to carry objects that are tatami-sized. It can screw the plasters into place by measuring its environment and using tech such as object recognition.
AIST revealed that they had help from a number of private enterprises, such as Kawada Robotics, in order to create the robot. A few of the mobility tech they used on the robot was an evolution of the same ones they used in HRP-2 which they were developing since 2011 as a disaster-response robot.
From there they were able to make the robot perform actions that are similar to human actions like walking on irregular terrain and turning valve depending on the measurement taken. The team recognizes that shortage of manual labourers such as plasterer in Sydney will require them in the future to develop robots that will fill in to do the tasks.