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Built Robotics Pursues ‘Tedious’ Construction Work

As a teenager working for his dad’s construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, tedious parts of his job, such as digging and leveling soil for building projects. Now the former Google engineer is turning that dream into a reality with Built Robotics, a startup that’s developing technology to allow bulldozers, excavators and other construction vehicles to operate themselves.

“The idea behind Built Robotics is to use automation technology make construction safer, faster and cheaper,” said Ready-Campbell, standing in a dirt lot where a small bulldozer moved mounds of earth without a human operator.

An article from the publication Insurance Journal, written by Terence Chea, introduced Built Robotics to the world recently. The San Francisco start-up has joined the flock of other tech companies in California that are taking the dirty work out of construction jobs. Everything from robots that lay bricks to drones that provide instant figures on how much gravel and sand is left in a concrete company’s yard, are finding their way into the construction markets.

With the dearth of construction laborers currently, home builders and others are in desperate need of streamlining their operations. Increasing the use of robotics for more labor intensive jobs is one answer to this problem. Read the full story at

Sam the Robot Builds Walls

SAM stands for semi-automated-mason. These bots are capable of laying 300 bricks and hour, compared to humans average of 50 or 60 per hour. Of course bots won’t completely take over the building, as there are details and special touches that will require humans to finish up.  However the main body of a straight wall or foundation is easily within a SAM’s capabilities. To see a SAM in action check out the video below.