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IPFS News Link • Japan

Meet The "Heavy Labor" Humanoid Robot Set To Revolutionize Construction

•, by Tyler Durden

Standing just under 6-feet tall and clocking in at 222 lbs, the HRP-5P has "unsurpassed physical capabilities," according to, and is fitted with an array of sensors in order to fully assess its environment to perform various tasks.

In one demonstration, the HRP-5P shows of its skills grabbing standard 77 lb. boards of drywall typically used in construction. 

In order to complete the task, the robot must: 

Generate a 3-D map of the surrounding environment, detect objects, and approach the workbench.

Lean against the workbench, slide one of the stacked gypsum boards to separate it, and then lift it.

While recognizing the surrounding environment, carry the gypsum board to the wall.

Lower the gypsum board and stand it against the wall.

Using high-precision AR markers, recognize and pick up a tool.

Holding a furring strip to keep HRP-5P itself steady, screw the gypsum board into the wall.

Aside from construction, AIST's robot has compelling applications at aircraft facilities, shipyards or any other environment in which heavy things need to be lifted or manipulated - particularly in hazardous environments.