Scientists create building inspection robot
Reuters International, 27 Sep
QuicaBot is a new building inspection robot designed to do the job of its human counterpart in half the time. Common building defects include cracks and unevenness in walls, ceilings, and floors. QuicaBot uses a thermal infrared camera and uploads 3D data of the defects to a cloud storage system. Its makers say a major advantage over human building inspectors is that QuicaBot can work non-stop for 36 hours, and takes just two hours to charge. The project’s leader is Asst Prof Erdal Kayacan at Singapore’s NTU. He said their aim is not to replace the manual inspection but to automate the inspection process which can be tedious and repetitive to human inspectors. “In this way, the manual inspector can focus on more sophisticated problems,” he said.
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