December 13, 2011

Quadrocopters Build Tower in FRAC Art Display

Visitors to France's FRAC Center in Orleans get the privilege of witnessing "Flight Assembled Architecture," a 20 ft. high building being assembled by flying robots. Four quadrocopters are placing 1,500 polystyrene foam blocks into the futuristic city that could house 30,000 humans if it were real and to scale. Although they are autonomous they learn placement according to the blueprints. The exhibit is the brainchild of ETH Zurich, roboticist Raffaello D'Andrea and the architect team of Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler, and will run through February 19.


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Posted by Sheila Franklin at December 13, 2011 11:44 AM
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This really is amazing stuff, especially since it's all autonomous. I can see a future where buildings are designed and built entirely by robotic systems. Even the mining, shipment and processing of the raw materials to construct the building could eventually be entirely automated. A future in which all humans do is sit and play. Oh, wait. Aren't there a bunch of scary movies on such subjects? ;)

Posted by: Jim Norcal at December 21, 2011 6:13 PM
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