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New robot can lay bricks three times as fast as a human

19 February 2016

Robot with bricks.

The new robot SAM (semi-automated mason) has been designed to improve the efficiency of human workers rather than replacing them altogether. The robot is responsible for picking up bricks applying mortar, and placing them, while a human partner handles the more delicate tasks such as laying bricks for corners, tidying up the mortar and setting up the worksite.

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Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to describe the relationship between technology and the made, natural, and social world. 2
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Keywords: bricks, robots, construction, characteristics of technology, characterisitcs of technological outcomes

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