The Semi-Automated Mason (SAM) is a new construction robot that helps with the repetitive tasks of brick laying except at a far greater pace. Erich Oh reports on the new robot capable of laying 800-1200 bricks in a day.

SAM is also capable of adapting to real job site conditions such as differentiating between theoretical drawings and the conditions of the actual building site as well as minor detailing:

“In construction, your design will say that a window is located exactly 30 feet from the corner of a building, and in reality when you get to the building, nothing is ever where it says it’s supposed to be,” said Scott Peters, cofounder of the company that designed SAM -Construction Robotics, in an interview with MIT Technology Review. “Masons know how to adapt to that, so we had to design a robot that knows how to do that, too.”

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