AutoSaw: Robot carpenter makes custom furniture

Source: BBC News

BY Dave Lee

Researchers have repurposed existing robotic technology so it is able to create custom wooden furniture, a move they say will greatly improve safety.

The team at the Massachusetts’ Institute of Technology (MIT) modified existing technology, including the popular vacuuming robot Roomba, to create the system.

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The group said the goal was not to replace human carpenters but to allow them to focus on more important tasks such as design.

It is hoped systems like this might also improve safety.

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