Watch A Robot Assemble Its Own IKEA Chair

Francisco Suárez-Ruiz and Quang Cuong Pham Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Well, it's one step closer to the singularity and humanity has trumped again making a bot assemble an IKEA chair for you.

But a new made-in-Singapore robot can do it in less than nine minutes.

"For a robot, putting together an Ikea chair with such precision is more complex than it looks", said Assistant Professor Pham Quang Cuong, who is part of the three-member team.

The actual assembly phase took 8 minutes and 55 seconds.

It is a significant step ahead towards the robotics considering the fact that the demo was not staged with much of the preparations accompanied by a three-years of hard labor to assemble the robot.

A robot in Singapore has reportedly achieved something humans have never done - assemble an IKEA furniture without having a meltdown.

The researchers are looking to develop the robot so it can learn to assemble furniture through human demonstration or by reading instructions. It is equipped with its own "eyes and hands" - a 3D camera, sensors and two robotic arms fitted with grippers allowing it to pick up objects.

Developers designed the robots to mimic how humans would complete the same task.

To make sure that the robotic arms were able to grip the pieces tightly and perform tasks such as inserting wooden plugs, the amount of force exerted had to be regulated. After creating a map of the positions of the different parts, the robot then used a two-handed motion to gather the pieces, and force sensors to determine the level of pressure to apply, neatly slotting dowels into holes and putting the chair together piece by piece. "On top of these skills, you have to be able to manage their complex interactions between the robot and the environment", he explained.

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