These robots assembled an IKEA chair in 20 minutes without having a meltdown

April 19, 2018 by  
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Who hasn’t found themselves ready to throw a half-assembled IKEA chair across the room in a fit of frustration? If you are one of the many humans that still struggle to piece it all together, don’t despair: the robots are coming. In a study recently published in Science Robotics , scientists created two robots that are capable of performing the complex movements and possess the planning skills necessary to construct an IKEA chair. The robots are able to assemble a chair in a little over twenty minutes, with 11 minutes and 21 seconds dedicated to planning and 8 minutes and 55 seconds devoted to actual construction. While computers seem to have surpassed humans in certain cognitive tasks, such as playing chess and Go, until the development of this particular robot, even the most advanced robots struggled to emulate the manual dexterity possessed by humans to complete a complicated task like chair assembly. Additionally, the task requires integration of sight and precise calculation of force necessary to complete a particular step in the process. The team that designed the IKEA assembly robot from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore  utilized 3D cameras and force sensors , combined with full-range robotic arms, to equip their machine with the parts necessary to get the job done. Related: Scientists develop tiny robots that drill into cancer cells to kill them To start, the robots recorded images to properly identify each component of the chair. Next, the robots followed a complex algorithm to plan the movements needed to complete the task without bumping into anything. Finally, the robot arms assembled the parts, guided by sensors to determine the force necessary to secure each component. Although the robots were not fully autonomous, the researchers predict that with ever-advancing artificial intelligence , assembly robots may someday be able to piece together your furniture simply by flipping through the manual. Via Science Magazine Images via Science Magainze

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Ecouterre Shares the Hottest Eco Fashion Shows from New York Fashion Week Fall Winter 2012

February 16, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Ecouterre Shares the Hottest Eco Fashion Shows from New York Fashion Week Fall Winter 2012 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ali Hewson , assembly , Bono , Costello Tagliapietra , eco-fashion , EDUN , Ethical Fashion , Fall/Winter 2012 , faux fur , green fashion , Gretchen Jones , Jeffery Tagliapietra , John Bartlett , john patrick organic , jpo , Lauren Moffatt , libertine , M. Patmos , Mara Hoffman , Marcia Patmos , Mercedes Benz Fashion Week , new york fashion week , New York Green Fashion Week , Raleigh Denim , Robert Costello , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , Suzanne Rae , the greenshows , Titania Inglis

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How to Bust Your Post-Holiday Energy Slump

January 3, 2012 by  
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For many workers, today is the first day back in the office, on the assembly line or behind the register. Here are some natural ways to have more energy to get through the rest of the work day (and start those New Year’s resolutions…

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New Jersey Legislature Votes To Ban Fracking

June 30, 2011 by  
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We knew this might be coming for the last three months : New Jersey has become the first state in the US to enact a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, popularly known as fracking . The vote in the state senate was 31-1 and in the assembly, 56-11

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Denmark to be 42% Wind-Powered by 2020–100% by 2050?

June 30, 2011 by  
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This is an entry in my series on Denmark’s myriad efforts in the climate and clean energy arena, and why they seem to work. I’m trying to find out if Denmark-ifying societies around the world might stop climate change ..

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California Bill Brings Rainwater to Your Toilet

February 18, 2011 by  
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Photo by Ladycliff via Flickr Creative Commons While rainwater collection is a contentious issue in some areas, California is looking to make it a little easier to use your rain barrels as a water source. This week, AB 275, the Rainwater Capture Act of 2011 was introduced into the California State Assembly, a bill that would allow la… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The First Pre-Production Chevy Volt Rolls Off the Assembly Line

April 1, 2010 by  
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Photo: GM One More Milestone for the Volt PHEV Yesterday, on March 31st, the first pre-production Chevy Volt rolled off the assembly line at the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant. It’s a pretty big milestone in the life of any vehicle, but it’s especially important for a vehicle that contains so much new technology. GM won’t say how many pre-production models they’re making, but what is known is that they won’t be sold to the general public…

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