Tiny Robots = Technology Elves
Howdy, my name is Kendal Heath and I am a Construction Science Major with a minor in Business at Texas A&M University. I became interested in construction when my dad was given a head principal job at a brand new high school and I actually got to watch his school be built from the ground up. Once at Texas A&M, I was able to visit with some employees from JBKnowledge at a career fair. After almost falling on my face using an augmented reality headset, I can honestly and literally say I fell for the company. I became a Business
Development Intern at JBKnowledge in early October of this fall semester and the rest is history.
I always considered myself a pretty tech savvy person, (because winning a PowerPoint competition in the sixth grade qualifies me as savvy), but the way technology has evolved in such a short time is truly incredible. Especially in industries such as construction, the technological advancements are groundbreaking and constantly improving the process of construction. A construction robotics company called Asmbld is a great example of this. They have created tiny robots that assemble an entire room in just minutes. You now find yourself picturing of bunch of tiny robots simply decorating a room, or assembling furniture, but it is far more intriguing than that. These robots actually come from the floor and build themselves into tables, surfaces, shelves, etc. They can be an office for the first half of the day and a bedroom for the second half. Mind boggling isn’t it?
What’s even more mind blowing is how this can be so useful in terms of resources. According to a recent article in TechCrunch “Construction and demolition waste comprises 40 percent of landfill mass in the U.S., and 60 percent of building demolition is due to changes in tenant requirements, not physical condition.” Just think about how much waste could be avoided if you can use one room for three different rooms throughout the day rather than use three different rooms only once a day. There would no longer be a need for extra rooms, so when the building is being constructed or imploded the amount of total waste would decrease significantly.
Decreased waste is not the only benefit from these tiny robots, they are also extremely safe. Technology that advances rapidly can be intimidating and untrustworthy (as seen above) but these little guys can alert the system if something is too heavy and let you know when something is broken. This makes it easy to repair and remove if necessary. Overall it might take some getting used too, but I think this sort of technology will keep evolving and may help the construction industry grow tremendously.