WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – If you’ve ever shouted Fyrkantig while trying to assemble an IKEA Grönkulla table or a Dagstorp sofa, you know how frustrating it can be.
But don’t feel bad, it seems assembling furniture from the Swedish retailer is an impossible task even for a robot.
Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University in Japan tested some of their robots’ abilities to complete tasks by making them assemble IKEA furniture, reports IGN.
The robots were equipped with six cameras and two six-axis arms with parallel grippers. They were also built with force sensors that allows the machine to “feel” how firmly it is gripping an object.
But video of the experiment clearly shows the robots fumbling to put the furniture pieces together. In one example, they were unable to insert a wooden peg into a round hole.
It’s clear there is more improvement needed before robots can successfully put together an IKEA chair.
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