Japan’s Research and Development Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), has developed a humanoid robot that aims to replace difficult human work, like installing drywall.
The HRP-5P robot is almost 6 feet high and weighs roughly 220 pounds. Japanese researchers incorporated advance intelligence into the robot, consisting of environmental measurement/object recognition technology, whole-body motion planning/control technology, task description/execution management technology, and high-reliability systemization technology, which is just enough technology for the robot to complete some tasks at a constructions site.
AIST said HRP-5P is still in the development stage of industry-academia collaboration, it is expected that the research and development for practical use of humanoid robots could soon be transferred into the private/government sector for infrastructure projects and or assembly of large structures such as aircraft and ships.
“Along with the declining birthrate and the aging of the population, it is expected that many industries such as the construction industry will fall into serious manual shortages in the future, and it is urgent to solve this problem by robot technology. Also, at work sites assembling very large structures such as building sites and assembling of aircraft / ships, workers are carrying out dangerous heavy work work, and it is desired to replace these tasks with robot technology. However, at the assembly site of these large structures, it is difficult to develop a work environment tailored to the robot, and the introduction of robots has not progressed. Humanoid robots have a body structure similar to human beings, so it is possible to substitute for human work without changing the working environment and release from heavy work becomes possible.”