A team of researchers from the Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Robotic Research Center have developed a robot that can paint faster than any human.
This robot, called the PictoBot was designed in order to not only beat human beings in paint speed, but also in accuracy and endurance.
To make this possible, the 1,500kg robot comes packed with a 120 liter paint reserve, along with 12 batteries to keep it going on as long as you want.
It uses an optical camera and laser to scan and understand the surface it wants to paint, so that it’s six axis robotic arm knows exactly where and how to paint, even in dark.
The arms are supported by a jack up platform, which can easily cover walls up to 10m in height. What makes this entire setup so impressive is the fact that once it gets to work, this robot can paint any wall up to 25% faster than human workers.
In it’s current avatar, this robot is still being tested, with the final goal of using it to paint the new industrial structures in Singapore.
The hope is that if successful, future robots will be used for a wider variety of uses, such as providing a realistic look to 3D Printed Art.
Who knows, we may even be able to rent such robots in the future for times when we feel like we need to change the look of our accommodations. We can’t wait to see if and when that dream does come true.