“What the robot does is to first figure out where exactly is the original position of the frame and then calculates the motion of the two arms automatically to go and grasp it and transport it.
“The final level is we show the robot an image of the assembled chair and then it has to figure it out. But I would envision this last step not in the next probably five or six years or so.”
Apparently, the robot succeeded in localizing the piece (three seconds), planning motions to reach and manipulate them (11 minutes and 21 seconds), and execute motions (eight minutes and 55 seconds).
The researchers hope that the framework they developed and recent progress in artificial intelligence will lead to a completely autonomous assembly.
“In the future, we envision that robots like this should be helping with tedious or dangerous tasks. There are so many industries where these skills would be useful, like logistics, or packing for e-commerce companies,” Suárez-Ruiz said.