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A Robot Helps To Put Together An IKEA Table

•, By Colin Lecher
 Have you ever had trouble assembling IKEA furniture? Trying until you're convinced there must've been a screw that fell out or something and are the legs of this table backwards and look at that gelatinous blob-person on the instructions laughing at me?

Well! This IKEA-furniture-constructing robot can help! Kinda.

The robot, used for research published in Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, learns how to help with some guided instruction. If a person manually stiffens the robot's arm so the table's leg can be attached to the base, then the robot will know in repeat tries when to stiffen.

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