How builder bots are taking construction work out of human hands

时间:2019-02-28 06:12:03166网络整理admin

THEY named it THOR. In a dusty lot in Konz, Germany, an 18-tonne excavator kitted out with sensors and a computer slowly scoops a pile of dirt, hoists it into the air, and dumps it into the back of a nearby truck. Scoop and dump. Scoop and dump. It’s boring work – and that’s the point, says Daniel Schmidt, who heads up THOR, or the Terraforming Heavy Outdoor Robot project, at the University of Kaiserslautern. “We’re trying to automate the tasks that excavators are doing,” says Schmidt. “We want to be able to remove operators from tasks that are very cyclic, very monotonous,