Will Flying Robots Replace Construction Workers?

Will Flying Robots Replace Construction Workers?
technology

A Swiss team is using autonomous drones to build towering brick structures.

Andrew Vaterlaus-Staby
  • 7 january 2013

The future of construction projects may not lie with human workers, but rather with swarms of autonomous builder robots able to build complex brick structures from a digital blueprint. In an exhibition by ETH Zurich roboticist Rafaello D’Andrea and architects Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler, several robotic quadrocopters were able to successfully build a 20-foot-tall curving tower of polystyrene blocks at a museum in France.

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