And while a robot can be programmed to do a single assembly-line task efficiently, mastering all of the small tasks that IKEA assembly requires is a bigger challenge. But thanks to AI, assembling the retailer's chairs could be a nuisance of the past.
It took the scientists three years to build and program the robot.
Assistant Professor Pham Quang Cuong said, "For a robot, putting together an IKEA chair with such precision is more complex than it looks".More news: Browns could take two QBs?
They say it may not be long before such robots can fully assemble a piece of furniture from a manual, verbal instruction or by just looking at an image of the finished item.
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.
Researchers in Singapore have programmed robots to assemble an Ikea chair. Together, these are meant to recreate the human ability to handle and put together intricate objects. The robots were able to autonomously construct the chair in 20 minutes using the pressure sensors, 3D cameras and the industrial gripper arms. The job of assembly, which may come naturally to humans, has to be broken down into different steps, such as identifying where the different chair parts are, the force required to grip the parts, and making sure the robotic arms move without colliding into each other.More news: Virat Kohli Is Cricket's Cristiano Ronaldo, West Indian All-Rounder Says
On its wrists are sensors that determine how strongly its "fingers" grip and push objects. They said the human-quality of robotic hands enables it to perform complex tasks.
The researchers are also working with companies to apply this form of robotic manipulation to do glass bonding that could be useful in the automotive industry and drilling holes in metal components for the aircraft manufacturing industry.More news: OPCW says experts will only deploy to Douma if given 'unhindered access'