Japan is known for their state-of-the-art inventions especially in the field of robotics. Their latest achievement is a robot that is designed by a team of researchers for the sole purpose of hanging plaster walls. This is not the time for plasterers in Sydney to worry yet because while the robot works, its capacity is very limited.
The news of a new robot developed came as good news for Japan after Honda made an announcement last June that it is no longer pushing through with its plan to develop the Asimo humanoid.
Thanks to the team of researchers working under the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology or AIST, they decided to pick up the challenge and continue working in order to create the HRP-5P.
The robot plasterer works by getting a sheet of plaster from a pile placed at one side of the room where it is working. Then, the robot plasterer walks to the place where the plaster is supposed to be hanged and then puts it into the correct position.
This is not the only robot in the construction industry. The first one was Hadrian X which was a bricklayer that could lay a maximum of 1,000 bricks every hour as it works on a single structure. The second robot was the AutoSaw which was designed to cut as well as carry timbers which are to be used for walls. The most recent is the HRP-5P which was designed to carry out tasks for the interior.
AIST revealed that the main reason why they developed HRP-5P is to make it carry out tasks that are dangerous without human intervention. The robot is 182 cm in height and the weight is 101 kilograms. It has the capacity to carry objects that are as big as tatami. It makes use of object recognition as well as environment measurement technology to place the plasters in the correct position.
According to AIST, they created the robot with the partnership of a number of private companies such as Kawada Robotics. The technology is still at the beginning stages and plasterers in Sydney will still be required for harder tasks which cannot be accomplished by the robot.