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Robot builds IKEA chair, almost autonomously

Two robot arms assembling an IKEA chair
Robot assembles IKEA’s Stefan chair. Photo: NTU Singapore

A robot is able to put together an IKEA chair in about 20 minutes, researchers report in a study published in Science Robotics on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The relatively complex task involves what tends to be considered human traits — fine-motor movements, hand-eye coordination, and proper calibration of the amount of force needed to put something together. This brings robots closer to fully autonomous functions that could be applied to multiple industries.