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Flying Robots Build Structure Videos for Engineers
this the future of construction? In this video, wirelessly controlled flying robots carry building blocks to the
work site and, after precisely positioning the block, plunks it into place. It then flies off to pick up and place
the next block. Multiple builder bots are in operation simultaneously. A 20-foot tall model (1:100) of a
modularized human habitat structure - a "vertical village" - was constructed automatically using 1,500 polystyrene
blocks. A sophisticated algorithm defined not just the construction sequence and geometry, but also handled
traffic patterns, collision avoidance with other vehicles and the structure itself, and maximized system
efficiency. ETH Zurich roboticist
Rafaello D'Andrea and architects
Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler are the
progenitors and implementers of this amazing demonstration. BTW, the hissing sound in the background is a painter
spraying the blocks white.