An engineer in Perth wants to mechanize one of humanity’s oldest jobs. His robot is named “Hadrian,” after the Roman Emperor who built a wall in Northern Britain, and it can lay 1,000 bricks an hour. With a building plan programmed in, it calculates the location of each brick, then uses its 28-foot-long arm to them in place and secures them with mortar.
Once set up, Hadrian is supposed to work for 24 hours straight, it’s manipulator arm placing bricks fast enough to construct a house every two days, or about 150 houses a year. Hadrian promises to deliver accuracy to within one hundredth of an inch. Carried by truck, the robot is powered by either a generator or local power sources.