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These robots can assemble Ikea furniture better than you.

Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread — assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture. Sifting through pages of instructions and a jumble of screws and bolts to build the low-cost Swedish furniture may soon be a thing of the past given advances in technology, say researchers at the city-state’s Nanyang Technological University. The scientists...
Time: 10:13     Date: 19.04.2018
World Tech News: These robots can assemble Ikea furniture better than you. NY Post 24 - US News

Sifting through pages of instructions and a jumble of screws and bolts to build the low-cost Swedish furniture may soon be a thing of the past given advances in technology, say researchers at the city-state’s Nanyang Technological University.

The scientists spent three years programming the robot — made of arms, grippers, sensors and 3D cameras — which assembled the frame of an IKEA dining chair in around 20 minutes.

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.

“We have achieved the low level capability to teach the robot ‘how to do it’ and then in the next five to 10 years, high level reasoning – the ‘what to do’ – could be done too,” one of the researchers Quang-Cuong Pham told Reuters.

Pham said the team at NTU were looking to work with artificial intelligence experts to try and hone the process.

Cindy Andersen, global business area manager of kitchen and dining at IKEA, told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper: “It’s interesting to see an example of how robots could potentially contribute to our vision of creating a better everyday life for many people.

“We are very positive about embracing new technology.”

Singapore has been pushing businesses to invest in automation and robotics to boost productivity as it keeps a tight leash on cheap foreign labor.

Some restaurants and hotels in the city-state use robots to deliver food to customers and collect used plates and cutlery.

Tech

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Opinion

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Living

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US Living News: Why GPS will never make the road atlas obsolete. NY Post 24 - US News
Why GPS will never make the road atlas obsolete.
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US Living News: Tiny cottage on the market for nearly $1M. NY Post 24 - US News
Tiny cottage on the market for nearly $1M.
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Business

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Reed Hastings and the Obamas are making bank with Netflix deal.
Reed Hastings, the founder, chairman and CEO of Netflix, had quite a run last week. The darling of streaming saw his company...
Last US Business News: Credit card rewards may stop existing soon. NY Post 24 - US News
Credit card rewards may stop existing soon.
The days of credit card users getting just about anything and everything in rewards are over, as issuers gird for choppy...
Last US Business News: Casual attire can hurt business productivity: book. NY Post 24 - US News
Casual attire can hurt business productivity: book.
As Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, many offices now will allow casual attire on more than...
Last US Business News: Readers sick of dealing with neighbor from hell. NY Post 24 - US News
Readers sick of dealing with neighbor from hell.
Dear John: I’ve been reading about things you’ve done in the past. Maybe you could help me with a serious situation soon....
Last US Business News: Tax refunds aren’t enough to improve the economy. NY Post 24 - US News
Tax refunds aren’t enough to improve the economy.
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Last US Business News: Ex-Xerox CEO caves to pressure, gives up $18M golden parachute. NY Post 24 - US News
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The Trump administration has told Congress that it’s reached a deal on Friday that would allow Chinese telecommunications...

Metro

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Whale carcass washes ashore on Fire Island beach.
A whale carcass washed up on the beach in Fire Island Sunday morning, photos posted online show. Images posted to Instagram...
Metro News: Harlem man dies in police custody: NYPD. NY Post 24 - US News
Harlem man dies in police custody: NYPD.
An emotionally disturbed man died while in police and EMS custody early Sunday morning, authorities said. The 39-year-old’s...
Metro News: Woman struck by alleged drunk driver in Montauk. NY Post 24 - US News
Woman struck by alleged drunk driver in Montauk.
A Manhattan woman was struck by a drunk driver in Montauk over Memorial Day weekend, according to a report. The 26-year-old...
Metro News: Owner’s excuse for leaving dogs in hot car: I was drunk. NY Post 24 - US News
Owner’s excuse for leaving dogs in hot car: I was drunk.
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A moment of silence at the Beacon School for those killed in Gaza continues to reverberate. William Stroud, the assistant...
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Sport

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