By now you’ve likely heard of the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. It’s a cool product that’s helpful to busy homeowners, but can the technology be leveraged to assist busy construction professionals?
It may not be long before job sites also include the Archibot. This patented concept, designed by South Korean architect Han Seok Nam, takes building design drawings and prints them directly onto the ground. The claim is that it will reduce human errors on the construction site (though it can’t prevent mistakes in the original drawings, obviously.)
As the video below illustrates, the Archibot will self-navigate around a site and print 1:1 scale building drawings, assist with other aspects of construction, and generally expedite the process — assuming the inventor can find the funding and partners for mass production.
If Nam is successful, this could revolutionize the way buildings are made. And it would certainly serve as a great illustration of the difference between invention and innovation.