This Creepy But Handy Humanoid Robot Installs Drywall by Itself
The Japanese machine can pick up and apply drywall sheets maneuvering a cordless screwdriver without human supervision. The future of robotics is here!
When it comes to life-like robots Boston Dynamics has been taking the lead with its impressive canine-inspired models, humanoid backflipping versions and more. Lately, however, the company has been seeing some competition.
Now, Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has released a video that is bound to have all other robotic firms worrying. This slightly creepy yet super handy humanoid machine may just be the most helpful robot yet!
Called HRP-5P, this robot installs drywall completely autonomously and as well, maybe even better, than a human. This video clearly shows HRP-5P pick up a sheet of drywall, bring it over to a wall and then, last but most definitely not least, use a cordless screwdriver all alone to put it in place.
Before you panic about this agile robot taking over human jobs, it should be noted that HRP-5P is a bit slow and does struggle with properly using the screwdriver once. Still, it seems very close to actually getting a machine that could do the job perfectly without any human supervision.
And HRP-5P is not the only one. The robot is just the latest in a lineage from AIST's collection of machines that can be used in everything from industrialization applications all the way to bartending (the HRP-4P pours drink).
It seems that the future is here indeed and it is robot-powered. We might as well embrace these robotic allies and look for new and improved ways to live among them.
Welcome to the world HRP-5!